Nicholas Ibekwe

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LASU-Entrance

How endless internal squabbles led to dismissal, demotion of 15 lecturers in LASU

On September 8, the management of the Lagos State University, LASU, announced the dismissal of 15 academics, two non-academic staff members and the demotion of two other lecturers for various acts of misconduct. The university's governing council stated that the decision to sack the lecturers was reached after the reports…

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ANALYSIS: The challenge of tackling ‘hate speech’ on Nigerian radio, television

Worried by the increase in hate speeches in the country, the Nigerian government directed the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, which regulates the electronic media in the country, not to spare radio and television stations found culpable. Speaking during the 3rd Annual Lecture Series of the NBC in August, the Minister…

Air Peace

Air Peace passengers who raised safety concerns charged to court for unruly behaviour

At least three passengers abroad an Air Peace 6:30 p.m. flight to Abuja from Lagos on Monday were arrested and charged to court for alleged unruly behaviour and for obstructing the operations of the airline. One of the arrested passengers, Oluwaseun Akinfolarin, told PREMIUM TIMES that trouble started after he…

President Uhuru Kenyatta; Photo: Bellanaija

CDD berates Kenyatta for attack on Judiciary, warns Kenyan politicians against incendiary comments

The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD,, a think tank dedicated to the sustainability of democracy and development in West Africa has berated the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, for verbal attack on judges who nullified the country's August 8, 2017 presidential election. On September 1, a panel of Kenya's Supreme…

Muslim men protest against what they say is the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, outside of Myanmar's embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia September 6, 2017.   REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Nigeria’s leading Islamic coalition condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has condemned the killings and persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a statement by its deputy secretary-general, Salisu Shehu, on Friday, the NSCIA, the highest decision-making body for Muslims in Nigeria, said it was “shocked and distressed…

Former Nigeria`s, President Goodluck Jonathan

PR firm that handled Jonathan’s failed re-election campaign banned in South Africa

Bell Pottinger, a Public Relation firm that handled the failed 2015 re-election campaign of immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been blacklisted by the Public Relations and Communications Association, PRCA, of South Africa. During the 2015 presidential election campaign, a poll by Bell Pottinger, which put then opposition candidate, Muhammadu…

Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano

How Anambra governorship election will be decided – Report

Godfatherism, power rotation, the agitation for the breakaway state of Biafra and intra-party disagreements are some of the key issues that will determine the governorship election in Anambra State in November, a study by the Centre for Democracy and Development, a not-for-profit research and advocacy group has revealed. Governorship elections…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Livelihood of Lagos fishing community cut off by govt’s land reclamation project

For more than two months, the 376 households (about 2050 people) of Ago-Egun, a fishing community outside Bariga, a sprawling town in Lagos have had their means of livelihood cut off. Their fishing canoes sit on the shallow shores as the men of the community wander around unable to sail…

Turkish Airlines

How Turkish Airline mistreated me because I was headed to Nigeria – Indian National

An Indian National has accused Turkish Airline of discriminating against him because he was travelling to Nigeria and because of his nationality. The passenger (his name was not audible in the recording) who narrated his experience in an audio recording shared via messaging app, WhatsApp, claimed he was a Business…

U.S. President, Donald Trump

Trump removes Nigerian-born Ogunlesi, others as advisers

Adebayo Ogunlesi, the Nigerian-born businessman, has been removed as an economic adviser to controversial United State president, Donald Trump. Mr. Ogunlesi, an executive at U.S. Equity firm, Goldman Sachs, was appointed a member of Mr. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum last December alongside other top business executives such as Elon…

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95% of Nigerians indulge in bribery – NBS

An overwhelming percentage of Nigerians will accept a bribe when offered or pay a bribe when demanded the Nigerian Corruption Survey 2017 published by the National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) has revealed. The survey published on Wednesday showed that only 5.3 per cent of Nigerians will either refuse to pay…

President Uhuru Kenyatta; Photo: Bellanaija

Obasanjo congratulates Kenyatta on election victory

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has written to congratulate Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election as the president of Kenya. Mr Obasanjo's letter, dated August 12, 2017, noted that last Tuesday's election in the East African country is not devoid of “some elements of push and pull” associated with recent elections…

American fighter plane used to illustrate the story [Photo: Pinterest]

U.S. approves sale of N219 billion attack planes to Nigeria

The United State government has approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack aircraft worth N219 billion ($600 million) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press. President Donald Trump has pushed forward plan…

SSS operatives

Animosity among Nigeria’s security agencies hampering fight against Boko Haram – U.S.

The animosity between Nigeria’s security agencies and their unwillingness to share intelligence are hampering effort at effectively combating the Boko Haram insurgency in the country's North-east, the United States government has stated. It stated this in the Country Report on Terrorism 2016 published by the US Department of State’s Bureau…

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s prime minister forced to resign over Panama Papers

Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has been forced to resign from office after the country’s Supreme Court declared him unworthy of occupying the country’s highest political office following a probe into his family’s wealth revealed in the Panama Papers Leak of 2015. The Panama Papers leak is a series of…

The company logo of Halliburton oilfield services corporate offices is seen in Houston, Texas in this April 6, 2012 file photo. Halliburton Co said October 17, 2012 that its third-quarter profit fell due to inflated raw material costs and a slowdown in U.S. drilling, which showed no signs of picking up as many clients' budgets for the year were already spent.   REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files    (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO ENERGY)

Halliburton, which bribed Nigerian officials, agrees to pay $29.2 million for bribing Angolan officials

The United States oil energy contractor, Halliburton, on Thursday agreed to pay a fine of $29.2 million imposed on it by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for bribing Angolan officials to obtain a series of deals. The SEC announced that the company violated the sections of the Foreign…

SSS operatives

SSS warns ICPC, others against using name for ‘illegal’ operations

The State Security Service, SSS, has warned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, and other security agencies to desist from using its name in “illegal security operations”. The SSS in a statement on Thursday signed by its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, said the agency noted with “dismay…

Kola Aluko

Auction of Diezani ally, Kola Aluko’s N16 billion New York apartment suspended

Wednesday’s auction of Apartment 79, a N16 billion ($50 million) penthouse in One57, one of New York City’s most expensive residential buildings, owned by fugitive Nigerian energy businessman, Kola Aluko, has been suspended. The sale was halted after a debt collecting firm, Campion Maverick Inc. filed a suit at a federal…

Diezani Allison-Madueke

Alleged Corruption: I’m ready to go to jail — Ex-Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke

Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for a series of multi-billion dollar fraud and money laundering offences in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and America has threatened to squeal on his co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore. She said after opening up on everything that transpired in the…

Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola during campaign [Photo: osun.gov.ng]

Analysis: Is APC defeat in Osun bye-election the beginning of its decline?

The 2014 humiliating loss in Ekiti to the Peoples Democratic Party was the jolt the All Progressive Congress, which held sway in all the states in the South-west except Ondo, needed to snap awake from its complacency. Three months after the election was another in neighbouring Osun State. For a…

Christopher Kolade

Christopher Kolade, other southern leaders call for Nigeria’s unity

A coalition of inter-ethnic groups from southern Nigeria, YIIEGBA Chapter, led by some prominent Nigerians such as a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade, and the chief executive officer of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Anya, has called on called on Nigerians to stick together as one indivisible…

NNPC TOWERS

Despite slight improvements, Nigeria’s extractive industry still very opaque – Report

A report released on Wednesday has ranked Nigeria’s oil and gas and mining sectors as among the most opaque in the world. The report, which was conducted by an independent non-profit organisation, the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI), ranked Nigeria 55 out of 89 countries whose viability of their extractive…

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Nigerian govt. moved against Atiku’s cash cow, Intels

For the second time this year, the Nigerian government has taken decisions that may have significant impact on the finances of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In April, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recommendations of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, breaking the near-monopoly of Mr. Atiku’s company, Integrated…

Queen Elizabeth opening the British Parliament [Photo Credit: CNN International]

First time in 43 years, UK snap election denies Queen Elizabeth traditional grandness

For the first time in 43 years, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain on Wednesday did not wear her crown as she delivered the traditional Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament. The Queen was without her traditional regalia - robes, a golden carriage and a heavy crown. The Queen attended…

Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims' location

INTERVIEW: Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims’ location

Billionaire Kidnapper, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has revealed in an interview posted by Channels Television that his mother knew he was a kidnapper, but said the woman was not in support of his evil art. He also revealed how two of his gang members were shot dead while attempting to…