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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Code of Conduct Bureau Court

Code of Conduct Bureau summons permanent secretary over corruption allegations

The Code of Conduct Bureau has summoned a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power, Louis Edozien, to appear before it over allegations of graft against him. Mr Edozien is scheduled to appear before the Bureau at the conference room of the Federal Secretariat complex in Abuja on May…

Striking health workers

JOHESU Strike: Group wants implementation of ‘no work, no pay’ policy

As the industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sectors Union (JOHESU) enters its seventh week, a group, Activists United Against Graft and Anti-People Policies, has called on the Nigerian government to implement the 'no work, no pay, policy on the striking workers. Addressing a press conference in Lagos…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Inside EFCC report on corruption allegations against Obasanjo

As President Muhammadu Buhari and a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, continue to engage in a war of words, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a report by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission regarding corruption allegations against Mr Obasanjo. The fresh clash between the president and one of his predecessors was triggered…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Judge orders police to pay N10 million damages to Alaba filmmaker

The Lagos Division of the Federal High on May 24 ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N10 million damages to Uchechukwu Chukwuma, a businessman arrested for pirating Nollywood movies. Muslim Hassan, the judge, said the police violated Mr Chukwuma's fundamental human rights, including his right to personal liberty. Mr…

Benedict Egwuchukwu (Snr)

AUN’s best graduating student ‘wasn’t very bright in primary, secondary school’

Inside the expansive Commencement hall of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, the smile on the face of Benedict Egwuchukwu (Snr), an engineer from Imo State, was so wide it infected his wife. They both beamed with smiles - and then burst into laughter - when Mr Egwuchukwu attempted…

Femi Falana

Falana seeks visa ban on Nigerian public officials involved in money laundering

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged Western governments to impose visa ban on Nigerian public officials involved in money laundering and other corrupt acts. Speaking while delivering a paper titled 'Human Rights Issues Surrounding The Non-Return of Assets to Countries of Origin' at the 8th Annual Conference of…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku is like Thomas Jefferson – AUN President

The president of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday likened the founder of the university, Atiku Abubakar, to Thomas Jefferson, a former president of the United States of America. Dawn Dekle, a professor and the fourth president of AUN, spoke to journalists after the university’s 10th commencement ceremony in…

Ms Adamu and the AUN president, Ms Dekle. Photo courtesy of AUN

Minister’s daughter graduates top of her class at AUN

Hafsat Adamu, a daughter of Nigeria’s Education minister, was among the top performers at the 10th Commencement Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday. Ms Adamu bagged the award for academic distinction as the best graduating student in English Language and Literature as well as the Royal Exchange…

The best graduating student at AUN

American University of Nigeria honours best graduating students

An Accounting graduate at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Benedict Egwuchukwu, was Friday named the best graduating student of the university. An indigene of Imo State, Mr Egwuchukwu scored a 3.90 Cumulative Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale) to bag the Award for Academic Excellence at the awards…

Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal. 

How Lagos police allegedly killed murder suspect

A suspect who was arrested by the police last February in connection with the murder of a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos, John Oladokun, has been reportedly killed. Mr Oladokun, popularly known as John Ibafo, was allegedly shot by the police while trying…

The AUN President, Ms Dekle, presents a certificate to an Honours Society awardee.

AUN honours outstanding 2018 graduating students

The American University of Nigeria, Yola, on Thursday night honoured 21 outstanding students in the graduating class of 2018 during its annual Honour Society Awards Banquet. The students, drawn from the university's Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology and Computing, are among the 10th set…

Lafarge

Lafarge announces N34 billion loss in 2017

The Chairman of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mobolaji Balogun, on Wednesday said the overall drop in domestic cement demand was instrumental to the group's N34.3 billion Loss Before Tax in the 2017 financial year. Addressing shareholders at the group's 59th Annual General Meeting in Lagos, Mr Balogun said the cement sold…

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…