Emmanuel

Emmanuel Ogala is an investigative reporter and heads the Digital Strategy unit of PREMIUM TIMES. Emmanuel, an experienced web developer. Before joining PREMIUM TIMES, Emmanuel worked for 234NEXT. His stories have won awards in the 2014 CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award and the 2013 Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism awards.

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BOOK REVIEW: Nigeria and the Search for a Politics Based on Ideas, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

  Title: Democracy, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Author: Professor Jerry Gana, Ph.D. Publisher: New York/Abuja, Triatlantic Books Year: 2015 Pages: 311 Price: Unstated Reviewer: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, Ph.D. In the general elections of 2015, Nigeria for the first time replaced a ruling party through the ballot box. Until now,…

EXCLUSIVE: Obasanjo to Jonathan: Use your Foundation to show remorse for your past actions

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to use the new Foundation he is establishing to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions. In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Mr. Obasanjo also advised Mr. Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform…

PREMIUM TIMES journalist wins 2015 African Fact-Checking Awards

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s leading investigative newspaper, shone like a million stars on Thursday night after one of its reporters was named winner of the prestigious, continent-wide African Fact-Checking Award. To win the coveted prize, Ben Ezeamalu, PREMIUM TIMES' Metro Editor, beat two other finalists - Philip de Wet of the Mail…

UPDATED: Buhari removes EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, appoints replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the chairman of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde. Mr. Lamorde, a police officer, was removed Monday, four years after he took over as chairman of the agency. He worked earlier as the director of operations before he was appointed…

Godwin Emefiele

FRC lacks the ‘authority’ to suspend Stanbic IBTC’s directors, says CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has waded into the crisis involving Stanbic IBTC Holdings and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC), listing a series of procedural infractions committed by the regulator – rather than the bank – and dismissing all allegations of “financial misstatements” brought against the bank.…

Gov. Nyesom Wike’s loyalists open fake PREMIUM TIMES Facebook page for deception, propaganda

Some supporters of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, have created a phony Facebook account, passing it off as the original PREMIUM TIMES Facebook page, in what appears a desperate move to mislead the public. The page calls itself Premium Times News and uses the logo and other creatives and…

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Boko Haram’s routes of death, destruction and humanitarian crises

Recently, two PREMIUM TIMES reporters, Emmanuel Ogala and Ibanga Isine, traveled through territories liberated from Boko Haram by the Nigerian military in Nigeria's North-east state of Adamawa. The tour offered a rare peep into how the communities are recovering six months after the troops pushed the insurgents into the fringes…

Nigerian Army dismisses, jails Army General for losing equipment to Boko Haram

The Nigerian military on Thursday convicted a Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State to Boko Haram insurgents in January. Mr. Ransome-Kuti, son of Beko Ransome-Kuti, a foremost Nigerian pro-democracy activist who died on February 10, 2006, was arraigned before a military court, sitting…

‎Ministerial Screening: Again, Senate postpones Amaechi’s confirmation hearing

The Senate in Nigeria has again postponed the screening of former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi and other candidates that have been tapped to join President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet as ministers. The Senate announced it was postponing the screening session via a post on its Twitter handle, Thursday morning. “Ladies…

Finally, Buhari sends list of ministers to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally submitted a list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate, Bukola Saraki, the senate president, confirmed late Wednesday. The list came hours after the Senate adjourned for the day, fueling concerns the president may default on the September deadline he imposed on himself. The list…

INTERVIEW: I have no hand in ‘fraudulent’ crude oil transportation deal — ex-NNPC legal adviser, Yinka Omorogbe

In December 2010, thw Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, entered a three-month trial crude oil transportation deal with PPP Fluid Mechanics, at the cost of $17.4 million. Another firm, Ocean Marine Securities, was called in to handle the security component of the project at the rate of $9.9 million. The…

‘The future demands of us critical and global decisions’ Pope Francis tells UN General Assembly

Pope Francis delivered a wide-ranging address before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly today, urging global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of "vast ranks of the excluded," saying that “human beings take precedence over partisan interests.” “The present time invites us to give…

INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Alison-Madueke, Tunde Ayeni, named in fraudulent oil contracts that cost Nigeria billions

PREMIUM TIMES has uncovered one of the most fraudulent crude oil deals carried out by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, which saw cronies of the president pocket billions of naira through a domestic crude oil transportation contract that violated Nigeria’s procurement and economic regulations. Our estimates indicate that the contracts,…

Facebook’s daily users more in Nigeria than South Africa, Kenya, others

At least 7.1 million people use Facebook daily in Nigeria, making the country Africa's biggest user of the social media platform, new statistics released by the company, Thursday, show. Facebook released the data less than one week after Twitter opened its doors to Nigerian advertisers. Nigerian Facebook users top Kenya’s…

Ex-Nigeria NSA, Sambo Dasuki, to be arraigned Tuesday over alleged firearm offences

Nigeria's immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been formally charged with illegal possession of firearms. Charges filed by Nigeria's Director of Public Prosecutions,  Mohammed Diri, indicate that Mr. Dasuki would appear in an Abuja court on Tuesday to face charges including unlawful possession of several assault rifles and…

PHOTO NEWS: Nigerian Army uncovers major bomb-making factory

Troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army, on Friday, uncovered a 'major bomb-making factory' and arrested a terrorist leader and two others during an operation in Sandia, Kokakowa and Nyaleri villages, suspected to be Boko Haram enclaves. The army said items discovered in addition to the…

Seriake Dickson, Godswill Akpabio, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Rotimi Amaechi, some Nigerian governors hacking telephones.

Nigerian Hacking Governors’ Forum: Activists ask Buhari to probe Akpabio, Amaechi, Dickson, Uduaghan

An Internet freedom advocacy group has written Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to protest the violation of human rights of private citizens as well as abuse of power by a group of incumbent and past governors. The group, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria [PIN], in its letter, demanded the President to investigate the…

Seriake Dickson, Godswill Akpabio, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Rotimi Amaechi, some Nigerian governors hacking telephones.

INVESTIGATION: Nigerian Hacking Governors Forum: Amaechi, Akpabio, Uduaghan hacked phones too

The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, is not the only politician hacking phones and intercepting communication of political peers and rivals in Nigeria. Almost all recent governors of the South South region of Nigeria intercepted calls and hacked phones and computers, an illegal practice that gave them backdoor access…

Eight annoying questions Nigerian airport officials ask international travellers

Travelling out of Nigeria can be herculean. Sometimes, not because you've got your documentation wrong, but the silly profiling officials at the airport try to make you go through at every desk. Everyone you meet turns himself into some sort of detective profiling you for drugs or terrorism, or just…

PHOTO NEWS: Buhari Meets Obama in Washington

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently travelling in the United States where he met with his American counterpart, Barrack Obama, Monday afternoon. The two leaders held bilateral talks. Below are images tweeted by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor forges End User Certificate to procure N100M hacking tools

In addition to criminally hacking phones in Nigeria, the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, may have forged sensitive national documents in the process of buying hacking solutions from Italian firm, Hacking Team, new information emerging from our ongoing investigations have revealed. Investigators from the National Security Adviser’s office are now…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor distributes gifts of compromised BlackBerry phones, then hacks beneficiaries

If the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has ever given you a phone, there are high chances he has a recording of all messages you ever received and sent on it, all pictures you ever saved on it and any other data you stored or transmitted on that phone. New…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor hires world’s most ruthless hackers for N100M to hack computers, phones in Nigeria

The Bayelsa state government paid close to one hundred million naira to an Italian firm, Hacking Team, to hack computers and phones in Nigeria, new information emerging from the firm’s leaked internal data has shown. Hacking Team, notorious for equipping governments with tools to hack citizens' computers and phones, was…

Court dismisses Pre-Election Case against Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

An Abuja High Court has dismissed a suit brought by aggrieved former governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. The aggrieved aspirants, under the auspices of G-22, had approached the court seeking the nullification of the election of Mr. Emmanuel as the…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Hacking Team, Bayelsa govt’s internet surveillance contractor, hacked

An Italian digital surveillance firm, Hacking Team, notorious for helping governments spy and clampdown on internet users was Sunday night hacked, and 415GB of its internal data leaked online. The firm’s Twitter account was also hacked and used to disseminate the leaked torrent files. Documents released so far by the…