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 and recognition for his work including the Wole Soyinka Prize for Investigative Journalism, two-time finalist, (FAIR) Forum for African Investigative Reporters) Award, and 2011 Chevening Scholar.

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How Google affiliate, Jigsaw, shields news organisations from cyber-attacks

Over the weekend of March 19, 2016, a number of major Swedish newspapers were targeted by hackers and knocked down for several hours. The websites of Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Aftonbladet, Dagens Industri, Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagblad were either partly or completely brought down for over three hours, in…

Jim Kenney, the Mayor of Philadelphia

Mayor of Philadelphia berates Trump for unprecedented spread of misinformation

Jim Kenney, the Mayor of Philadelphia, while addressing a group of international journalists on a tour organised by the United States Department of State earlier in the week, took a swipe at the administration of the president, Donald Trump, for the spread of misinformation and attack on the media. Mr…

Nicholas Yap, Assistant Director, DFRLab

How open-source reporting is enhancing investigative journalism, fighting fake news

Last Monday, the BBC Africa Twitter handle trended when the media organisation’s Africa-focused investigative unit, Africa Eye, published, in a Twitter thread, its findings of a murderous atrocity by a group of Cameroonian soldiers. The original source of the story was a viral video footage of the murder of two…

George Weah

US Congress calls on Liberia to implement truth commission’s recommendations on war crimes

The United States Congress has given its support for the complete implementation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendation for the creation of a tribunal to try suspected war crimes and other atrocities committed during the nation’s 14-year civil war, which ended in 2003. On Wednesday, the U.S. House…

How News Literacy Project trains future fact-checkers

We are in the Digital Age where an enormous amount of information is generated daily. Keeping track of this information overload can be unnerving for many people. More daunting than trying to play catch-up with the amount of information being generated and the speed with which they are shared is…

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US spends $1 billion in countering spread of disinformation – Department of State

The United States has earmarked more than $1 billion to combat disinformation, propaganda and countering the spread of terrorism ideologies online, the Department of State has said. Jonathan Henick, the acting deputy coordinator of the Global Engagement Centre (GEC), told a group of international journalists on Wednesday at the Foreign…

A Elderly voter being accredited, at Sekonanear Ife, during the 2018 Osun state Governorship Election on Saturday (22/9/18). 05010/23/9/18/Timothy Adeogodiran/JAU/NAN

#OsunDecides2018: Official results from polling units

As voting ends in many polling units across Osun State, results from such polling units have started coming in. With the deployment of about 180 observers across the 30 local governments in the state, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative journalism in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development…

#OsunDecides2018: APC, PDP, SDP others battle for Osun governorship

#OsunDecides2018 (LIVE UPDATES): APC, PDP, SDP, others battle

Registered electorates in Osun State will today exercise their political rights to elect a new governor who will pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years. The election is significant in many ways; it is the last major election before the 2019 general election, it’s preceding party…

OsunDecides: Successes, challenges in INEC’s distribution of electoral materials

All seems set for Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Osun State except for some challenges, going by reports from our reporters and observers deployed to all the 30 local government areas of the state. Our reporters said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed election materials to many of its…

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Group asks govt to intervene in fraudulent liquidation of Nigerian company by expatriates

The Campaign Against Impunity (CAI), a non-governmental organisation, has called on regulators in the country’s oil and gas, and maritime sectors to intervene in the alleged liquidation of Sea Trucks Group (STG), an indigenous company, by some expatriates. CAI has written to major actors and regulators in the sectors such…

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OsunDecides Score Card: How governorship candidates fared in debate

On Sunday, some candidates in the September 22 gubernatorial election of Osun State gathered in Osogbo, the capital of the state for a debate. Though the organisers of the debate invited five leading candidates, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was absent. The candidates who participated in the…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode with APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu

Amidst ‘rift’, Ambode meets Tinubu at Ovia’s book launch

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, met his political godfather, Bola Tinubu, at a public function on Monday for the first time since news emerged that both men had fallen apart. Last week, news made the rounds that Mr Tinubu, a former governor and de facto political godfather of state,…

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Lagos2019: Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Tinubu man who wants Ambode’s job

A picture is worth a thousand words is a hackneyed phrase. Some people hate clichés because they are boring and devoid of the excitement that uncertainties bring. But there is nothing that describes the internal power struggle within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos better than the above cliché.…

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How Lagos hospital injected patient with ‘formalin’ during surgery, crippling her

May 30, 2017 was supposed to be the start of a new beginning in her marriage. Weeks earlier Christina Ohunyan, 40, had been diagnosed of myomectomy, commonly known as fibroid. Doctors had told her that the tumour growing in her uterus was the reason she had not been pregnant four…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari’s PFI programme boosts fertiliser supply for farming in Nigeria

Ogbonnaya Chukwu, the general manager, Ebonyi State Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (EFCCL) sat behind a busy desk in his scantily-furnished office as he spoke glowingly about the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative while a generator coughed outside. “Last year the company joined the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) of the federal government…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

#AdeosunGate: Faced with certificate forgery scandal, Nigeria’s finance minister stays off social media

Since the story of her forged NYSC certificate was made public about a month ago, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has almost completely steered clear of her social media handles. The PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that apart from skipping the NYSC scheme, Mrs Adeosun also procured a forged National Youth…

Charles Soludo

Nigeria’s Constitution does not guarantee economic prosperity – Soludo

The Nigerian constitution is designed to collect and share oil rent and has little or no incentive for the growth of a productive economy, Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has said. Mr Soludo made this known in an essay titled: “The Political Economy of…

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Buhari goes on vacation without acting on Adeosun forgery scandal

Twenty-five days after PREMIUM TIMES exposed the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, for procuring a forged National Youth Service Corps certificate, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced he is taking a 10-day holiday. He is travelling abroad without acting on what is clearly Nigeria's biggest scandal of the moment. On Wednesday, the…

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As Saraki departs APC, sister, Gbemi, affirms support for Buhari

The defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday has awoken a dormant political rivalry within the Saraki Family that stretched back to 2011. Few hours after Mr Saraki’s announcement, his sister and arch political rival, Gbemisola, declared her “unwavering support” for the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca dumps Laolu Saraki, Kofi Annan’s son

Mossack Fonseca, the embattled Panama-based law firm at the centre of the global offshore leak known as Panama Papers, has recused itself as the registered agent of Sutton Energy Limited (SEL), a shell company co-owned by Laolu Saraki, younger brother of Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Kojo Annan, son…

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Buhari says law must punish all wrongdoers, but fails to act on Adeosun

Despite failing to act on PREMIUM TIMES’ revelation that his Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said all wrongdoers, no matter their status, must face the wrath of the law. A PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that Mrs…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

APC chieftain caught spreading fake news on Facebook

Barely a week after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, kickstarted a campaign against the proliferation of fake news, a top member of the ruling party has been caught posting false information on his social media page. Decrying the spread and the imminent danger posed by the spread…

Unit 07, ward 05, ipoti in Ijero LG, the total number of voters are 414. According to the PO taiwo, said electoral process started 8am

Why we voted against PDP – Ekiti Residents

After Saturday’s resounding victory of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Ekiti, residents of the state told PREMIUM TIMES that the worsening hardship occasioned by months of unpaid salaries was the reason they voted against the incumbent government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Kayode…

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Tragedy as pastor accidentally drives into jubilating crowd in Fayemi’s hometown

A mid-size wagon ran into an ecstatic crowd welcoming the victory of Kayode Fayemi on Sunday morning, hitting a seven-year-old boy and leaving him ghastly wounded. Medical personnel were not optimistic about the boy's high chances of recovery, only urging his family and relatives to be fervent in their prayers.…

Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Fayemi wins Ekiti gubernatorial election

The candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, has been officially declared the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election. The chief returning officer of the election, Idowu Olayinka, a professor and vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the final results in the early hours…