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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How U.S. boosts own rural economy using broadband internet

In 1998, when Suzan Corbett moved from a city in Massachusetts to a rural community in Maine - a state in northeastern United States of America - her medical invoicing business came close to collapsing for lack of broadband Internet access. Seventeen years later, Susan turned her difficulties into a…

PHOTO NEWS: Buhari meets House of Reps members

President Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, late Wednesday met with members of the crises ridden House of Representatives. Most of the Members in attendance belonged to the Femi Gbajabiamila camp.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet Governance

Internet has become an essential part of our life, playing critical role in our politics and democracy, banking and finances, music and films, and our daily interaction with family and friends. A lot of daily activity is tied to the availability of the internet. While we worry about its availability…

UN not equipped for internet governance — U.S.

The United Nations is not equipped to regulate the internet and lead with international decision making on policies that will shape the future of the internet, the United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Catherine Novelli, has said. Ms. Novelli made the assertion last…

Godswill Akpabio

EFCC begins probe of ex-Governor Akpabio over alleged N108.1bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun investigation into alleged theft of N108.1billion of Akwa Ibom funds by former Governor Godswill Akpabio. The action followed a petition forwarded to the commission by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong. Mr. Ekpenyong had on June 8 petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari…

Groups urge INEC to use digital collation of election results

Civil Society groups in Nigeria have asked the country’s election management body, Independent National Electoral Commission, to increasingly digitize its processes to enhance the transparency of future elections. The groups made the call in a communique issued in Lagos this week, after a two-day meeting to review the 2015 general…

Nigerian Civil Society launch “Buharimeter” to track Buhari’s campaign vows delivery

A civic group has launched an online application to track the delivery of pre-election promises made by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari. The web-app, announced on Monday, holds data on all promises made by both the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Mr. Buhari while campaigning for the 2015 general elections.…

EFCC releases ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, on bail

A former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, who surrendered himself to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, has been set granted bail. He was granted an administrative bail Thursday evening, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. Although Mr. Sheriff has been set free, "we can ask…

ANALYSIS: What’s next For Goodluck Jonathan?

As he embarks on a new life, the immediate past Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, faces a future that could be different from that of most past presidents of the country. Mr. Jonathan handed over power on Friday to Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated him in the March 28 presidential election. The…

PHOTO NEWS: Jonathan takes Buhari on tour of Aso Rock

Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday took his successor, Muhammadu Buhari, on a tour of Nigeria's presidential palace, which will be his home in the next four years. The tour also defined Mr. Jonathan's last moments at  Aso Rock. After the tour, Mr. Jonathan, at a brief ceremony, passed a…

Jonathan signs Tobacco control bill, five others

Nigeria's outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, has signed the Tobacco Control bill into law, hours to the end of his tenure. The president signed the bill alongside five others, his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, announced on Twitter, Wednesday. Other bills signed by the president include, National Sugar Development Council (amendment) bill, AMCON…

Don’t expect too much from Buhari, Cardinal Okogie tells Nigerians

The Catholic Archbishop Emeritus, Anthony Okogie, on Sunday urged Nigerians not to expect too much from the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, saying change is a gradual process. “Nigeria seems to be on a collision course with destiny and the hopes of many are hanging in the balance. I can understand the…

LIST – New House of Reps Members for Nigeria’s 8th National Assembly

Only one in every 26 Member of the incoming House of Representative would be a woman, a comprehensive list of winners of the National Assembly elections has shown. ​The House has 360 members.​ The list obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, indicates that Abia and Gombe state are…

Nigerian govt queries NAN MD, Ima Niboro, raises panel to probe him over corruption allegations

The federal information ministry has ordered the board of the News Agency of Nigeria to immediately commence investigations into over a dozen allegations of corruption and highhandedness against the agency’s boss, Ima Niboro. In response, the board has raised a three-man committee, led by a board member, Ossai Ifeanyi, to…

Environmentalists call for fresh investigation of Shell’s Bayelsa oil spill site

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria has called for a fresh joint investigative visit of the Kolo Creek manifold spill site in Otuasega community, Bayelsa. ERA/FoEN, an environmental rights group, in its field report on the spill incident made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday said the earlier visit…

INEC staff on duty

Supplementary Governorship Elections in Abia, Imo, Taraba – LIVE UPDATES

The April 11 governorship elections in Abia, Imo and Taraba states were  declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Today, INEC is holding supplementary elections in areas in those states where elections either did not take place or results were cancelled due to irregularities. The supplementary elections will hold…

Jonathan sacks IG of Police, Suleiman Abba; appoints replacement

President Goodluck Jonathan  has fired Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba. The sack was announced by the president's spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a statement on Tuesday. No reason was given for the sack. A Deputy Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, was appointed to act in his stead. Mr.…

How Senator Uche Chukwumerije died — Family

The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Uche Chukwumerije, is dead. He was 75. According to a statement by a family representative, Chidi, the Senator died on Sunday after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer. "On the evening of Sunday, the 19th of April, 2015, surrounded by his…

Amaechi, Obanikoro clash over Rivers governorship election

Nigeria's junior foreign affairs minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers on Wednesday engaged each other in a war of words on micro-blogging site, Twitter,  over the outcome of last Saturday's governorship elections. The fierce exchanges was sparked by a tweet from Mr. Obanikoro who congratulated Lagos state…

INEC declares PDP’s Emmanuel winner of Akwa Ibom governorship poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Udom Emmanuel, has won the governorship election in Akwa Ibom, the Independent National Electoral Commissioner announced Sunday. The announcement came amid calls for the cancellation of the polls over widespread violence and irregularities. At least three people were killed Saturday during the elections, the…

#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria 2015 Governorship, State Assemblies Elections – LIVE UPDATES (Voting)

This live blog is dedicated to the voting process of the Nigeria 2015 governorship and state assemblies elections, as the elections move into the vote casting stage. The first was dedicated to the accreditation stage of the elections. PREMIUM TIMES reporters are bringing you live updates from the field. Follow…

#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria 2015 Governorship, State Assemblies Elections – LIVE UPDATES

Today, Nigerians vote in their fifth general governorship and state assemblies elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. Voters in Nigeria's 29 states would elect governors while new state assemblies would be elected in the 36 states. There are no governorship elections in Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Kogi,…

PREMIUM TIMES asks readers to file evidence-based reports on Saturday’s elections

Nigeria’s leading investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, is deploying its crowd-sourcing tradition to enhance its coverage of Saturday's governorship and state assemblies elections. In a statement Friday, the paper requested its readers and other Nigerians to contribute text, photographs, audio and video recordings of events at polling units and collation centres…

How PREMIUM TIMES survived massive cyber attacks during presidential election coverage

Nigeria's leading investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, suffered intensive cyber attacks between Saturday and Tuesday while it served the world elaborate live updates about Nigeria's 2015 presidential and national assembly elections. The attacks were aimed at blocking genuine readers from the site and, ultimately, shutting down the platform. On Saturday, March…

#NigeriaDecides: Meet Nigeria’s new 107 Senators-elect

A new Senate was elected for Nigeria on March 28 just as a brand new president and members of the House of Representatives were chosen. Nigeria has 109-member Senate but elections in two constituencies - Delta Central and Edo South - are inconclusive. Below is the full list of the…