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, Mr Ezeamalu is the winner of the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year. He tweets at @callmebenfigo.

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Mr Obasa and other APC leaders in Agege during the press conference.

Lagos APC Congress: Police ‘detain’ former council boss over killing

The State Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force have 'detained' a former chairman of Agege Local Government Area, Jubreel Abdulkareem, over the deadly fracas at last Saturday's All Progressives Congress election in Lagos, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The violence, which erupted at the end of the party's Agege…

A Nuclear power plant used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Construction & Engineering Digest]

Why Nigeria needs nuclear power plant — Russia’s Rosatom chief

A Vice President of Russia’s nuclear power giant, Rosatom, has made a case for the benefits of nuclear-powered electricity for Nigerians saying it would provide a cheaper and stable source of electricity pricing – in the long run – borne out of lower operating costs. Viktor Polikarpov, Vice-President, Sub-Saharan Africa,…

Mr Obasa and other APC leaders in Agege during the press conference.

APC Congress: Party leaders blame one another for member’s fatal shooting

The All Progressives Congress party leaders in Agege local government area of Lagos State gathered at the council secretariat Sunday to blame a former council boss, Jubreel Abdulkareem, for the tragedy of yesterday's congress that led to the death of an official. The deceased, identified as Nurudeen Olanose, was shot…

APC logo used to illustrate the story.

Man shot dead at Lagos APC local govt congress

A member of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos has been shot dead at the party's local government congress in Agege, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The member, identified as Nurudeen Olanose, was allegedly shot at Central School, Dopemu, during a fracas that ensued after voting had ended on Saturday. Two…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

I don’t believe in Transparency International’s corruption ranking — Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday criticised Transparency International's ranking of Nigeria in its latest Corruption Perception Index. Speaking to journalists at the Commission's new headquarters, Mr Magu said while he was worried by the ranking, he remained undeterred in his anti-corruption…

Saraki visits new EFCC headquarters, pledges support

I deserve praise, not condemnation, for spending N24 billion on EFCC’s office — Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has defended the agency's N24 billion new office, brushing aside criticisms about the huge cost, and claiming it is a modest amount for a building that should cost N100 billion. A visibly angry Mr Magu on Wednesday took…

Patience Jonathan

Court grants interim forfeiture of N9.2bn, $8.3m linked to Patience Jonathan

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has granted a temporary forfeiture of N9.2 billion and $8.4 million linked to a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan. Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge, made the order on the application filed and argued by counsel to the anti-graft agency, EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, on…

Pirated DVD's used to illustrate the story.

How we’re fighting movie pirates — Alaba marketers

Film marketers and distributors at the Alaba International Market have called for a stronger collaboration between their anti-piracy taskforce and relevant government agencies in the fight against piracy in the market. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES over the weekend, the marketers said business had been discouraging as they had been unable…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode at the APC Ward Congresses in Lagos (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Kudos, complaints at Lagos APC wards congresses

The congresses in the 366 wards of the Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress held Saturday under a largely peaceful atmosphere. Some party members, however, disagreed with the process and accused the leadership of manipulation. In Agbado Oke Odo local council, accreditation of eligible voters started at about…

Former chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu

Odinkalu urges compulsory insurance scheme for journalists on election duty

A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, on Tuesday advocated for a compulsory insurance scheme for media organisations that deploy reporters for elections. Mr Odinkalu spoke Thursday at an event in Lagos to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day organised by the US Mission in…

Nigerian police force

How poor budgeting hampers Nigeria police operations – Report

Most of the operational equipment used by the Nigeria Police Force - Armoured Personnel Carriers, vehicles, body armours, communications equipment and boats - are provided by state governments and the private sector, a new report by the Network of Police Reform in Nigeria has shown. The report, released Wednesday, highlighted…

El-Zakzaky

Kaduna govt’s prosecution of El Zakzaky, others ‘deeply unfortunate, troubling’ – Group

A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice, has criticised the Kaduna State Government over its decision to file criminal charges against the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Mr El-Zakzaky and three others are facing an eight count charge of homicide linked to the December 2015…

senior lawyer, Joseph Nwobike,

Why judge sentenced senior lawyer Joseph Nwobike to one month in prison

Justice Raliat Adebiyi of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court on Monday sentenced a senior lawyer, Joseph Nwobike, to one month in prison for attempting to pervert the course of justice. The defendant was convicted on 12 counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The…

Joseph Nwobike

Judge sentences convicted senior lawyer to one month in prison

The senior Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Nwobike, who was earlier convicted has been sentenced to one month in prison. Mr Nwobike was convicted on 12 counts of attempting to pervert justice. He was sentenced to one month in prison for each of the 12 counts. But because the sentences are to…

Lagos-High-Court

Judge convicts senior Nigerian lawyer

A senior Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Nwobike, has been convicted on several counts of attempting to pervert justice. Mr Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was convicted by the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court on Monday. Justice Raliat Adebiyi, however, found the lawyer not guilty on offences of…

Wole Soyinka

Nigeria sliding from ethnic cleansing to genocide – Soyinka

Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has warned that the ongoing "ethnic cleansing" in some parts of the country could degenerate into a genocide if the government fails to take a decisive action. In a statement to commemorate this year's May Day, Mr Soyinka called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue…

Lagos High court

Firms forfeit N1.4 billion Paris Club ‘fraud’ money to federal govt

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court Friday ordered the permanent forfeiture of N1,442,384,857 found in the bank accounts of three firms which allegedly impersonated the consultants engaged by the Nigeria Governors Forum to analyse the Paris/London Club loan refunds due to the states. The Economic and Financial Crimes…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Detained Senator gets bail

Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Friday, released a senator charged with conspiracy and money laundering, on bail on self-recognisance. The judge said that being a serving senator, and having repeatedly reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's office while on administrative…

The Araromi Oke-Odo market in Lagos

Lagos govt set to demolish market

Officials of the Lagos State Government have invaded the Araromi Oke-Odo Ile-Epo market in the state with bulldozers to begin demolition of the structures. The officials, accompanied by armed police officers, arrived the market on Friday morning allegedly on the instance of the Agbado Oke Odo Local Council Development Area.…

Lagos-High-Court

Judge criticises Lagos police over Badoo suspect’s unlawful detention, parade

A federal judge in Lagos on Thursday, lashed out at the officers of the Lagos State Police Command for the unlawful arrest, detention as well as parade (before journalists), of an alleged Badoo sponsor, Alaka Abayomi. Delivering the ruling at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Muslim Hassan,…

Evans kidnap kingpin

Evans’ lawyer seeks transfer of trial to another judge

The lawyer representing alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, has petitioned the Chief Judge of Lagos State seeking the transfer of his case to a different judge. Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer, accused Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the judge handling the trial of Mr Onwuamadike, aka Evans, and his co-accused, of bias against his…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Why judge sent Nigerian senator, Nwaoboshi, to prison

As officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) escorted the Delta State senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, out of the courtroom, shouts of 'Oshimili' from a band of loyalists standing outside rent the air. Mr Nwaoboshi, a Peoples Democratic Party senator representing Delta North, was arraigned on Wednesday by the…

Nigerian Senate

Court sends Nigerian senator to prison

A federal court in Lagos has remanded Peter Nwaoboshi, a Peoples Democratic Party senator representing Delta North, in Ikoyi prison. Mohammed Idris, the judge, ruled that Mr. Nwaoboshi be remanded till Friday pending the hearing of the senator's bail application. Mr. Nwaoboshi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Nigerian government to arraign senator Wednesday

After being detained for days by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Peter Nwaoboshi, a senator representing Delta North, will be arraigned before a federal court in Lagos on Wednesday.  According to a copy of the charge sheet made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Nwaoboshi is charged alongside his company,…

Bola Tinubu

Tinubu congratulates Oyegun, others over APC convention committee

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has congratulated the party over the inauguration of a convention committee that will oversee its congresses across the country. In a statement through his media office on Monday, Mr Tinubu said the APC embarking on the congresses "against all…