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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Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

VIDEO: Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, leads thugs to attack, sack court in Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday led a gang of thugs to attack a Federal High court in Bayelsa, a video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. The video shows the governor, dressed in traditional Ijaw blazers, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and…

AUDIO: What Jonathan told Buhari in historic concession phone call

The audio file of the historic conversation between President Goodluck Jonathan and President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, during which the former conceded defeat in Saturday’s presidential election, has been made public. With presidential election results from all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states counted, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,…

#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria 2015 Presidential, National Assembly Elections – LIVE UPDATES

Today, Nigerians vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country's return to democracy in 1999. Voters would choose from 14 presidential candidates and hundreds of National Assembly candidates. In the build up to the elections, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and Goodluck Jonathan of…

What Nigerians are searching about Buhari and Jonathan

An infographic developed by Google team in Nigeria shows how Nigerians have been searching Nigeria's leading presidential candidates. It shows the level of interest Nigerians have in the individuals contesting for the presidency. Google says the report is based on searches conducted on Google.com.ng from January 1, 2015 to March…

I warned Jonathan against Boko Haram ceasefire, Chad’s President opens up

President Idris Deby of Chad has spoken publicly about the 2014 botched ceasefire between the Nigerian government and the jihadist group, Boko Haram, which he was said to have facilitated. Mr. Deby said he warned President Goodluck Jonathan against holding talks with the militant group, saying the whole episode was…

PREMIUM TIMES launches digital Election Centre #NigeriaDecides #Nigeria2015

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria's leading investigative newspaper, has launched its digital election reporting centre ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections. The PREMIUM TIMES Election Centre is a comprehensive resource platform for the elections. It holds crucial election data but its greatest strength is its ability to live…

Abuja Independence Day Bombing: Convict to appeal life sentence

Edmund Ebiware, convicted for foreknowledge of the October 1, 2010 Abuja bomb blast that killed 12 people, has been given a nod to appeal his sentence. He got the go ahead on Monday, his lawyers from Festus Keyamo Chambers, told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Ebiware was sentenced to life in prison…

Boko Haram Twitter Account Suspended

A Twitter account linked to the Boko Haram sect has been suspended by the social media company. The account, opened recently, had only 19 tweets before it was flagged and brought down Tuesday. Before the suspension, the account was used to propagate messages from the group and its leader, Abubakar…

Corruption scandal rocks Jonathan Campaign Committee

The unit of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation responsible for mobilizing the civil society has been hit by a corruption scandal that has now paralysed its operations. Members of the committee are divided over the leadership style of its chairman, Nick Eze, a professor. They accused Mr. Eze of…

Ex-Boxing Champion, Bash Ali, arrested over row with bank

Nigeria’s oldest boxer, Bash Ali, was last Thursday, taken into police custody after a prolonged row with Nigerian Export - Import Bank, NEXIM, over the sponsorship of a Guinness Book of World Record fight. The boxer, in his seventies, was taken away on Wednesday after the bank accused him of…

Interview: “We Faced them, but they were stronger” – Borno Vigilante Fighter

In this interview conducted by Testimonial Archives Project in Borno State, Muhammad Kacalla, a native of  Dawan Masara near Baga in Borno State recalls how he fled his hometown following a Boko Haram attack. Now in a displacement camp, he talks about his life now and shares his willingness to vote in the…

Full INEC official statement on postponement of 2015 elections

STATEMENT ON THE TIMETABLE FOR 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR ATTAHIRU M. JEGA, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 07th, 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen, Introduction We invited you here today to make known the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on…

Uyo Hilltop Mansion: PDP’s Emmanuel battles APC’s Umana

The emergence of Godswill Akpabio as the governor of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, cut a swathe through the formidable political machine that had produced the two previous democratically elected governors of the state, Akpan Isemin and Victor Attah. The machine was decapitated…

Fayose’s Death Wish for Buhari: Go to Afao Ekiti, Go to Aso Rock, By Pius Adesanmi

In human tales, in animal tales, in riddles, in proverbs, in legends, in myths, in every genre, in every department in which his ancestors ever exercised their imagination and creative genius to produce a worldview, they created tragic protagonists - humans, animals, ghomids, iwin, anjonu of every colour and shape…

List of House of Representatives Candidates for Nigeria 2015 Election

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Election Observers used to illustrate the story

Full List of Accredited Observer Groups for Nigeria 2015 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has approved Eighty eight (88) Observer groups to participate in the 2015 General elections scheduled for 14th February, 2015 (Presidential and National Assembly) and 28th February, 2015 (Governorship and House of Assembly). This is sequel to the compliance with the requirements and guidelines issued by…

Nigeria 2015 Elections: Senatorial Candidates – Full List

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Channels TV terminates Pastor Bakare’s broadcast over alleged critical comment on Nigerian govt.

Channels Television, a Lagos-based independent 24-hour news station, on Sunday suddenly terminated a broadcast by fiery pastor, Tunde Bakare, over claims the tone of the message was critical of the Nigerian government. Moment of Truth, a one-hour recorded paid programme, through which Mr. Bakare broadcasts messages he preaches in his church,…

Full List of Jonathan’s Campaign Officials – Directorate and Committee Levels

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Video shows President Jonathan linking ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to Boko Haram

About two weeks after Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Service [SSS], cleared a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, of any link to the extremist Boko Haram sect, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a video suggesting that President Goodluck Jonathan is personally aware and strongly convinced of the…

Better salaries will quicken justice delivery – Nasarawa Magistrates

The Chairman, Magistrates Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nasarawa State Chapter, Victor Manga, has called on the state government to improve the salaries of judicial workers in the state. The chairman, who made the call on Friday in Lafia during the end of year meeting of the association, said that improved…

U.S. restates support for Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram

The United States said on Friday in Abuja that it remains committed to helping the Federal Government in tackling the threat of Boko Haram and other extremist organisations to the country. This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Affairs Department embassy in Nigeria. It said the U.S. government…

Akwa-Ibom Voting is about to commence in Akwa Ibom primaries, holding at the International Stadium. The venue is secured by about 300 security officers. Over 1,100 delegate from the 31 LGAs of the state are waiting to vote. The delegates were acrredited without hitches. Delegates are already seated waiting to…

France admits ownership of military hardware aboard Chad-bound Russian plane detained in Nigeria

The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, has issued a statement about the Chad-bound aircraft detained by Nigerian authorities at the Aminu Kano Airport in Kano. In the statement, the ambassador admitted his country chartered the Russian aircraft to help it convey some military hardware from Bangui (Central…

Russia admits ownership of detained arms-laden plane, but says military hardware on board belong to France

Less than 24 hours after denying that the Chad-bound arms-laden cargo aircraft arrested in Kano has links with its country, the Russian government has now admitted that it is indeed Russian. It however said the military hardware aboard the plane belongs to France. The Eastern European country had said through…