Ben Ezeamalu

Ben Ezeamalu is an Assistant Managing Editor and the Head of Lagos Operations/Metro Editor at PREMIUM TIMES. A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Jos, Ben won the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and was a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year.

Twitter: @callmebenfigo.

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Jimi Agbaje Photo credits: Sun News Online

Agbaje berates INEC over late release of Lagos election results

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the late release of election results in the state. The presidential and national assembly elections held in Lagos and other parts of the country on February 23. But INEC began…

Violence breaks out at Lagos polling unit

Violence breaks out at Lagos polling unit

Armed hoodlums stormed several polling units in Ward J, Ifelodun local council, and destroyed electoral materials and chased away officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission as the presidential elections held Saturday. Dominic Opara, a resident, said he was disenfranchised because he had to take to his heels. "The boys…

Former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo[PHOTO CREDIT: thisdaylive]

Former PDP presidential aspirant defects to APC

A former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo, on Thursday night threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari by announcing his defection to the All Progressives Congress. Mr. Osifo, who hails from Edo State, told journalists at a press conference in Lagos that he is leaving the PDP with,…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

ANALYSIS: Presidential Election: How battleground states may be won and lost

While the economy remains a dominant factor for voters across the country, candidates are conscious of subtle peculiarities in battleground states. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has been acting lately like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum to upset President Muhammadu Buhari at…

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okocha [Photo: Complete Sports Nig]

Court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges. Mr Okocha - or Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly known - has repeatedly failed to appear before the…

Agip Head office in Lagos

$55 million alleged non-remittance: Agip knows fate April 20

A federal court in Lagos has fixed April 20 for judgment in the suit filed by the Nigerian government seeking to recover $110 million from the Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited. Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge, adjourned for judgment on Thursday after parties in the suit adopted their final written addresses.…

Paul Usoro

Judge withdraws from NBA president’s criminal trial

A judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has recused himself from the criminal trial of Paul Usoro, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association. Chuka Obiozor, a professor of law, was the second judge to handle the N1.8 billion alleged fraud suit brought against Mr Usoro…

Sat Guru Maharaj Ji [Photo: PREMIUM TIMES - Ben Ezeamalu]

INTERVIEW: I have the authority to make Buhari president – Sat Guru Maharaj Ji

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ben Ezeamalu, the self-proclaimed Living Perfect Master, Sat Guru Maharaj Ji, bares his mind on the forthcoming general elections, the Not-Too-Young-To-Run legislation, and his relationship with Nigerian church leaders. Excerpts:  PREMIUM TIMES: The elections are a few days away. What are your thoughts on…

Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka speaks on June 12 as Democracy Day

2019 Presidential Election: Moghalu reacts to Soyinka’s endorsement

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu, has described the endorsement of his candidature by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as "humbling." Mr Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said in a statement Saturday that the endorsement was important because of Mr Soyinka's…

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu

2019 Presidential Election: Wole Soyinka endorses Kingsley Moghalu

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has just sent PREMIUM TIMES the statement below endorsing a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, for the February 16 presidential election. Mr Moghalu, a lawyer and university professor, is running on the platform of the Young Progressive Party, YPP. Mr…

National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke

Court orders arrest of Nigeria’s former spy chief, Oke

A federal court in Lagos has issued a warrant for the arrest of the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade. Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, gave the order after hearing an application to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. "I…

Ogoni Clean up: Group launches community monitors

Ogoni clean-up: Group launches ‘community monitors’ to provide progress reports

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has launched a project that would provide 100 independent community monitors to complement the Ogoni clean-up process. Announcing the project in Port Harcourt, Wednesday, Godwin Ojo, ERA/FoEN's executive director, said the monitors would provide qualitative and scientific progress reports on the state…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Lagos govt announces movement restriction for Buhari’s visit

The Lagos State Government has announced it would restrict traffic in 18 major roads across the state following President Muhammadu Buhari’s mega-rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Saturday. Mr Buhari is expected to attend the All Progressives Congress rally for his re-election bid. The affected routes where…

Cigarette smoking

Ethiopian parliament passes ‘Africa’s strongest’ tobacco control legislation

The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday passed what is considered the strongest tobacco control legislation in Africa that will reduce tobacco use in the country. The Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation, passed unanimously by the parliament, will save lives and protect over 105 million people in Africa's second most populous nation,…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), delivering his speech during the presentation of the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Ambode proposes ₦852 billion 2019 budget

The outgoing governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday presented the 2019 budget proposal of N852.316 billion to the House of Assembly. He said the proposals were carefully prepared to be all-encompassing and dedicated to complete major ongoing projects in the state. Mr Ambode said 54 per cent of…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), delivering his speech during the presentation of the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017. With him are Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (left behind) and the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni (2nd left).

Lagos Speaker dares Ambode to prove allegations Assembly gets N800m monthly

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has challenged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and other members of the executive arm to prove that lawmakers had been receiving N800 million monthly since 2015. Mr Obasa spoke Tuesday during the governor's 2019 budget presentation ceremony inside the legislative chamber.…

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka

Soyinka denies membership of Third Force, Conveners’ Council

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said although he supports any move that would wrestle power from the two major political parties in the country, he does not belong to the group called the Third Force. In a statement he issued Sunday, Mr Soyinka said he is, however, collaborating with…

Bola TInubu and Lagos State Governor. Akinwunmi Ambode

Ambode: Tinubu, other Lagos APC Leaders resolve impeachment crisis

The impeachment crisis hovering over the head of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has been resolved following a meeting between the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and other leaders of the party in the state. The Lagos State House of Assembly had threatened to commence…

Jimi Agbaje

Lagos Gubernatorial: Jimi Agbaje’s campaign team attacked

A campaign vehicle of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, in Lagos was attacked on Thursday. Mr Agbaje said the attack on his campaign bus in Lagos is a sign of the growing intolerance of the ruling party in the state against opposition figures and…

Water summit review

Participants at water summit want review of Nigeria’s national water policy

Participants at the just concluded National Water Summit in Abuja have asked the Nigerian government to review the National Water Policy. The two-day summit, which ended on Wednesday, was organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in partnership with Corporate Accountability, Public Services International, Transnational Institute,…

Money laundering charges Nigerian govt filed against former spy chief (FULL DETAILS)

The Nigerian government has filed criminal charges against the former head of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade. The defendants are facing a four-count charge of money laundering amounting to millions of dollars. Mr Oke was removed from office in October 2017 after millions of…

Water summit review

Participants at Nigerian water summit seek roll-back of PPP model

Participants at an ongoing National Water Summit in Abuja have condemned plans by some state governments to engage private corporations in a public-private partnership in the water sector. The participants, including representatives of the civil society, labour unions, communities, and local and international activists, agreed that partnering with private entities…

A tailoring class at the Fouzz Training Institute in Lagos

Ex-militants training centre reopens after expelling ‘violent’ beneficiaries

A vocational training centre in Lagos for the rehabilitation of former Niger Delta militants has been reopened after a looming protest by some of the beneficiaries forced it to shut down. The Fouzz Fashion Institute in Igando was closed last week following a series of complaints about the lack of…

Diezani Allison-Madueke

Judge convicts INEC official accused of receiving Diezani bribe

A federal court in Lagos has convicted a former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) administrative secretary in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu. Mohammed Idris, the judge, found Mr Nwosu guilty of laundering N264million. “I find that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt in the manner required by law,"…

A tailoring class at the Fouzz Training Institute in Lagos

Presidential Amnesty Office shuts down ex-militants’ training centre one month after opening

The Presidential Amnesty Office has shut down a vocational training centre in Lagos barely one month after it was officially opened for the training of some ex-militants from the Niger-Delta. The Fouzz Fashion Institute in Igando, Lagos, was officially opened on December 13, 2018, to train some 72 delegates in…