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Ibanga Isine receiving the award

Winners emerge in Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism awards

Ibanga Isine, a journalist with the Next Edition newspaper, has won the 2019 Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year Award given by the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). Mr Isine also emerged winner for the online category, with his report published in April 2019 on "How bribe-taking security…

Man accounts for funds received for wife’s delivery fee

Emmanuel Nweke, whose wife and baby were held at Evangel Hospital, Lagos, for failure to pay their medical bill, has shown gratitude and given account to Nigerians who raised funds for the bill. Mr Nweke sought help from Nigerians on Monday, using his Twitter account @LilNony1 and his Twitter name;…

Ikoyi Prison Warders

Eight officers suspended over death of Lagos prison inmates

Seven senior officers and one junior officer have been suspended by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) over the death of five inmates and the injury of several others. This was contained in a statement released on Friday by Francis Enobore, the spokesperson for the Nigerian…

Pipeline explosion in Lagos

Pipeline explosion in Lagos

A pipeline explosion has occurred occurred in a Lagos community. The explosion occurred near Gloryland Estate, Isheri Olofin, Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos. A video shared by residents of the area showed many residents running for safety after the explosion and the fire. The fire is said to…

Lagos gas explosion

Three injured in Lagos gas explosion

Not less than three people were "severely injured" in a gas explosion that occurred at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The explosion which happened on Wednesday also left several cars damaged. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) was at the scene to rescue the victims of…

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members used to illustrate the story.

Police rescue abducted corps member in Lagos

The police in Lagos said they have rescued a National Youth Service Corps member who was abducted on Friday on her way to attend a Community Development Service (CDS) meeting at Epe local government. Faith Onyiwara was rescued in a swampy forest around Ilamija Nla in Epe on Tuesday at…

Ikoyi Prison

Several inmates electrocuted at Ikoyi Prison

An electric power accident has been reported at the Ikoyi Prison, a major correctional facility in Lagos. Several inmates were said to have been killed or injured when electric cables at the prison went up in flames late Monday morning. Francis Enobore, chief spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, confirmed…

Police arrest five officers for killing civilian

The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested five police officers for reportedly killing a civilian, Maliki Mohammed, and injuring two others at a night club in Lagos. Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesperson, said that the shooting occurred at Crest Inn Club, Oshodi on Friday night. The five…

Protesters storm Lagos Assembly [PHOTO CREDIT: Ripples Nigeria]

Social Media Bill: Protesters storm Lagos Assembly

Protesters in their numbers marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday, demanding an end to the social media bill and the hate speech bill. The protesters comprised concerned Nigerians, different civil society groups, including the Occupy Nigeria Group, Take it Back Movement, Socialist workers youth group, among…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police recover N705,000 from rogue officers

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested five police officers who extorted N705,000 from Kareem Jamiu, a 29-year-old resident of Sagamu, Ogun State last Monday. Bala Elkana, the spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, announced that the money has been returned to Mr Jamiu and the officers involved in the…

The protesters

Protesters march in Lagos, demand release of Sowore

Dozens of protesters gathered in Lagos on Tuesday to demand the release of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters. The protesters marched to the Lagos headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) around 10:25 a.m. They demanded the release of Mr Sowore who had been detained since August by…

Building going up in flames in Lagos [Photo: @thecableng]

Fire engulfs buildings in Lagos community

The Lagos States Emergency Agency (LASEMA) has confirmed another incident of fire outbreak in Lagos. The fire outbreak occurred at Kano street, Ebute Metta Lagos. Firefighters were said to have arrived at the scene to quench the fire. According to a statement by Nosa Okunbor, the spokesperson of LASEMA, several…

Crisis at Jakande market, Ketu as soldiers evade the market, evacuate traders

Lagos market traders count losses as armed officers supervise demolition of shops

There was pandemonium at the Jakande market, Ketu Lagos, Friday afternoon as many traders scampered to salvage their goods while others counted their losses due to the demolition of shops. The demolition which started around 9:30 a.m. on Friday led to the traders being chased out of their shops by…

Crisis at Jakande market, Ketu as soldiers evade the market, evacuate traders

Violence as soldiers invade Lagos market, chase away traders

Armed soldiers on Friday morning invaded the Jakande market in Ketu, Lagos State, chasing away traders. One person was allegedly killed in the violence that ensued as touts, in retaliation, took to the streets, destroying property. The death is yet to be confirmed. However, a PREMIUM TIMES reporter witnessed as…

28 hours after outbreak, first responders battle Lagos building fire

Firefighters and other first responders are still battling to completely quench the fire that gutted a building on Tuesday at 43, Martins street, Balogun Market Lagos. The fire that started in the early hours of Tuesday was still burning at the time of this report as personnel of relevant agencies…

Paschal Achunine, the executive director of HEI

Health Emergency Initiative – Lagos organisation paying hospital bills of poor Nigerians

If Gift Julius and her husband had been able to pay the N250,000 demanded by officials at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), perhaps three of their children would still be alive. In the evening of July 16, 2018, while Mrs Julius, who lived…

An automobile shop at Awolowo way, Ikeja

Automobile dealers accuse Nigerian Customs Service of corruption

Automobile dealers whose shops were shut by the Nigerian Customs Service in Lagos have accused the agency of corruption and illegally sealing their business premises. On September 30, officers of the Nigerian Customs Service invaded and sealed up the shops of the dealers in Lagos without any official notice. At…

Impounded vehicles by LASTMA parked at Iponri Bus Stop Surulere, Lagos. Aug. 28, 2019 (NAN)

Lagos govt to auction 53 cars seized over traffic offences

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has concluded plans to auction 53 vehicles for violating traffic rules. This was disclosed in a press statement issued on Wednesday by Kehinde Taofeek, the spokesperson of the agency. About 31 vehicles belonging to traffic offenders already convicted by the court…

Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF)

Lagos glows as Theatre Arts Festival begins

The 25th edition of the Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), kicked-off in grand style in Lagos on Monday. The 2019 NUTAF is themed, "Theatre, Governance, and Globalisation." The host university is the Lagos State University while student delegates from 16 universities have arrived just in time for the festival.…

The collapsed building pictured from a few meters

Four dead, six rescued as building collapsed in Lagos

A building has collapsed in Lagos killing four people and injuring at least six, the state's emergency management agency said. The tragedy occurred early Saturday at Magodo-Isheri area of Lagos. A woman and her three children perished in the collapsed building while her husband survived. "A building on top of…

Charles Soludo

UPDATED: Nigeria needs to ‘innovate, compete or die’ — Soludo

Charles Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says Nigeria needs economic restructuring and heavy lifting from its current economic condition. Mr Soludo also said the country is in dire need of innovations and competitiveness at all levels. The professor of economics, who is a member…

Mr and Mrs Ogbanje, Ochanya's parents

Activists discuss child sexual abuse to mark anniversary of Nigerian minor’s death from rape

Nigeria has not given much attention to the protection of children against sexual abuse and violations, an activist said on Monday at a workshop on child sexual violation and abuse. The workshop was organised by the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) Nigeria to commemorate one year…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police rescue 19 pregnant women from Lagos ‘baby factory’ – Official

The police in Lagos have announced the rescue of 19 pregnant girls from a 'baby factory' at Ayanwale area of Ikotun. The arrest was made on September 19. According to a statement made on Sunday by Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesperson, the pregnant girls are between 15 and 28…

L-R: Hugo Cuevas; President and CEO of Mohr World Consulting, Eugenio Nigro; the Vice President of Business Development and Remitly, Natalia Roldugina; HEad of Business Development, SMall WOrld (UK) and Rafael Ubilla; Rigional Director, More Money Transfers (Uruguay) during an panel discussion on the perspectives of International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) that operate in West Africa.

IMTC Africa: Financial experts, fintechs, others discuss money transfers, cross-border payments

Banks, Mobile Money Operators, Money Transfer Operators (MTOs), virtual currency experts, remittance companies, fintechs, financial aggregators, and regulators across Africa gathered in Nigeria for the International Money Transfers & Cross-Border Payments Conference, IMTC Africa 2019. The three-day event held in Lagos, Nigeria from September 24 to 26. The IMTC conference…

Nigeria Police Force

Couple arrested for stealing N38 million health insurance remittances

The Lagos Police have arrested a couple for allegedly stealing N38 million at a health insurance company. Funmilayo Oyelaja, 38, and Tunde Ogunseye, 42, fled to Ghana after the crime, but were arrested after Mr Ogunseye returned home for the burial of his mother. The police paraded the couple in…