Nicholas Ibekwe

Nicholas Ibekwe is PREMIUM TIMES' Head of Investigations. He is a graduate of English Language from the Lagos State University. He has a Master's in International Journalism from City University, London, United Kingdom.

Nicholas, who is 2016 fellow of the World Press Fellowship, has won several awards for his work including the Wole Soyinka Prize for Investigative Journalism, two-time finalist, FAIR( Forum for African Investigative Reporters) Award, and Chevening Scholarship. Twitter: @nicholasibekwe 

Posts by Nicholas Ibekwe:

Tax avoidance versus tax evasion [Photo: Fox Business]

Mauritius Leaks: Documents, audio recording reveal tax avoidance schemes of Nigeria’s fintech giant

Despite enjoying huge government patronage and a near-monopoly in the processing of payments, particularly in the power and aviation sectors, Venture Garden Nigeria Limited, arguably Nigeria’s biggest financial technology (fintech) company, has set up shop in Mauritius, a notorious tax haven. PREMIUM TIMES investigation also revealed that Venture Garden Nigeria…

Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the stupendous wealth of Arik Air founder, Arumemi-Ikhide

While his beleaguered airline was accumulating over a hundred billion naira in debt, compelling a government takeover with taxpayers’ money, the founder of Arik Air, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, sat on vast wealth in real estate, company stocks and other properties stashed around the world, a PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation has revealed. Belaboured…

Stamping History (Foam)

Peju Olayiwola’s “Indigo Reimagined” displays adire in new light

The Yoruba of South-west Nigeria have been drawing intricately beautiful patterns – mostly of indigenous flora and fauna - with wax on white fabrics later dipped in indigo dye. The local name for these fabrics is 'adire', which means tie and dye. Though the history of adire fabric and how…

Sa'idu Ali, Vegetable seller, Tradermoni beneficiary at Yan Tipper market in Dutse, Jigawa State.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari’s Tradermoni, CCT, could ‘ve raised financial inclusion

Shuaibu Sani from Gidan Tsika village in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State is a beneficiary of the government Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme. From the N10,000 he is paid bi-monthly, he manages to save N600. Although Mr Sani’s home is not far from the payment centre – just…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian elite have always been against me — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that Nigerian elite have never been in support of his political ambitions. He said they should thank ordinary citizens for making him a leader and, therefore, saving everyone from acute leadership failure. The president said the elite have always pushed a candidate they believe…

President Muhammadu Buhari

I may retain some ministers — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday indicated that he may retain some ministers, as his first term winds down. The president said in an interview aired on NTA Monday night that he had asked ministers to submit their records of achievement and expect to leave the cabinet, but he was considering…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

UNILAG Management Crisis: Governing Council Chair, Babalakin, opens up

The pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin, has revealed the reasons behind the crisis brewing at the university. He opened up in a letter to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement. The letter was a response to an invitation by the committee following a petition…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: UNILAG Crisis: Governing Council rejects directive of education minister

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin, are set on a collision course over the crisis in the institution. This follows the rejection by the university’s Governing Council of a directive by the minister for it to pause the ongoing…

A group photo of President Buhari and Ministers

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari administration hires American lobbying firm one month after Atiku’s engagement

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has acquired the services of an image-laundering and lobbying firm with offices in the United Kingdom and the United States to undertake 'outreach and relationship building with various stakeholders' PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report. The hiring comes about a month after Atiku Abubakar last…

ICPC Head Office

Nigerians debate Buhari’s appointment of 27-year-old on ICPC board

President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of an inexperienced 27-year-old into the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC), one of the country’s topmost anti-graft agencies, has stirred up a debate among Nigerians about her eligibility to occupy the position. Many Nigerians on social media have either expressed…

Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

Documents show LASU lied about Okebukola’s age falsification scandal

The management of the Lagos State University (LASU) lied when it claimed that an investigative report exposing age falsification by a professor was incorrect, documents show. The LASU management, while reacting to a PREMIUM TIMES investigation that revealed that one of the university’s professors, Peter Okebukola, falsified his age to…

The Lagos State University (LASU)

Despite contrary evidence, LASU denies diverting staff pension fund

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has denied it diverted N198 million from the pension fund of its staff to purchase luxury vehicles, despite multiple official memos issued by the university’s Governing Council, its highest decision-making body, clearly showing it did. The university management was reacting to a PREMIUM…

Kenyan Police [Photo Credit: ethioalert.com]

Kenyan Police detain 33 Nigerians despite court order

Thirty-three Nigerians arrested by Kenya anti-narcotic officers on suspicion of entering the country illegally are being held at various police cells in the country despite a court ordering their immediate and unconditional release, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Kenyan newspaper, Standard Digital, reported that the suspects were arrested in Kasarani, a…

LASU VC, Olanrewaju Fagbohun

How LASU pro-chancellor, VC diverted N198 million staff pension to buy luxury vehicles

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) diverted N198 million it illegally withdrew from the contributory pension of the institution’s employees to purchase 12 luxury vehicles for members of its top echelon, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed. The management also used an additional N83.37 million from the same fund…

Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

LASU speaks on Okebukola’s age falsification scandal

The management of the Lagos State University, on Monday, put out a curious defence of its professor of Science Education, Peter Okebukola, who has presented multiple birth certificates during his profession. The university was reacting to a PREMIUM TIMES investigation which revealed that the professor has three different birth dates…

LASU-Entrance

LASU VC asks staff not to discuss Okebukola’s age scandal

The vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Olanrewaju Fagbohun, is attempting to gag the staff of the institution from discussing the age falsification scandal of the Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the National University Commission. He described the scandal as a "mix-up" and said the university was…

Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

INVESTIGATION: Former NUC boss, Okebukola, in age falsification scandal

When was Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC), born? Was it on February 17, 1949; February 17, 1948; or February 17, 1951? The professor of science education at the Lagos State University (LASU) has used these birth dates interchangeably to manipulate the system several…

Tukur Buratai and the troops.

How widespread impunity is encouraging right abuses in Nigeria – U.S. report

The failure and incapability of the Nigerian government to investigate and punish both state and non-state actors accused of human rights violations in the country has led to the entrenchment of abuses such as torture, illegal detention, human trafficking and sexual exploitations, the United States Department of State, 2018 Human…

Atiku Abubakar, Benue

Presidential Election: The real number of votes I scored in each state – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar in the just-completed presidential election has given a breakdown of the number of votes he believed he scored in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory as opposed to that which was announced…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

Bauchi Election: INEC confirms PREMIUM TIMES report, to reinstate Tafawa Balewa result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed a report by PREMIUM TIMES which exclusively revealed that the election umpire would regenerate and reinstate the cancelled votes from Tafawa Balewa local government in Bauchi. The result from the local government was cancelled because the local government collating officer, Dominion Anosike,…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reviews Bauchi decision, to announce result of Tafawa Balewa LG

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the resumption and conclusion of collation of results in Bauchi State. The commission said the collation and announcement of results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area for the governorship election will be completed as the duplicate and original Registration Area results are…

People voting in Adamawa

ANALYSIS: How supplementary elections in six states will be fought and won

After the March 9 governorship elections across the country, the polls in six states – Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto – were declared inconclusive. Clause 34 (e) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Regulation and Guideline for 2019 General Elections stipulates that supplementary elections will be held…

Bauchi State on the map

Bauchi Governorship: My life’s under threat – Tafawa Balewa collation officer

Dominion Anosike, the collation officer of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi State during last Saturday’s governorship election has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking to be allowed to testify about what led to the cancellation of the results from the local government. The result from…

Muhammed Abubakar and Bala Muhammed

Supplementary Election: What INEC plans to do in Bauchi

On Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that supplementary elections in the five states where the gubernatorial elections were declared inconclusive would be held on March 23. In a statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, the commission said having considered a…

former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

PDP claims victory in Bauchi, attacks INEC for declaring governorship election inconclusive

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State has claimed victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state and has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring the election in the state inconclusive. Speaking at a press briefing held in the state capital on Monday morning, the chairman…