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:

Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu

Like U.S., UK kicks against Buhari govt’s plan to transfer $110 million Abacha loot to Bagudu

Just like the United States, the United Kingdom is kicking against the plan of the Buhari administration to transfer $110 million stolen from Nigeria’s treasury by the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, to the governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, who was Mr Abacha’s main money launderer, recently obtained court…

Mahmood Ahmadu

INVESTIGATION: Nigeria allows fugitive to control sensitive national data

Sensitive information like the passport data of foreigners seeking to enter Nigeria, Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), and the National Identity Numbers (NIN) of Nigerians in the diaspora are in the custody of a company owned by a fugitive who fled abroad after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched…

Lagos lockdown

VIDEO: Lagos residents threaten to protest if government fails to provide lockdown palliative

Barely 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari announced a 14-day shutdown of business, economic and social activities in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to slow down the exposure of Nigerians to the coronavirus pandemic, some residents of Lagos have threatened to protest if they do not receive any palliative from the…

Some Lagos residents protest over the Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus: Lagos residents threaten to protest if government fails to provide lockdown palliative

Barely 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari announced a 14-day shutdown of business, economic and social activities in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to slow down the exposure of Nigerians to the coronavirus pandemic, some residents of Lagos have threatened to protest if they do not receive any palliative from the…

Founder of the electronic automobile company, Tesla Inc., Elon Musk

Nigeria govt deletes tweet begging Tesla founder for ventilators

The Nigerian government has deleted a tweet posted on Wednesday via the verified Twitter handle of the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning begging the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk for ventilators. In the tweet, which has drawn a lot of criticisms, the ministry begged the South African billionaire…

Founder of the electronic automobile company, Tesla Inc., Elon Musk

COVID-19: Nigerian govt begs Tesla founder, Elon Musk, for ventilators

Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on Wednesday headed to Twitter to beg the founder of the electronic automobile company, Tesla Inc., Elon Musk, for ventilators. The official handle of the ministry responded to a tweet by the South African-American billionaire to supply ventilators to hospitals worldwide. “We…

A street in Ikorodu town, Lagos [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Coronavirus: More cases suspected in Nigeria as Lagos conducts fresh tests

The Lagos State government has announced that it would commence the tracing of all the passengers in British Airways Flight BA75 from London, on which the third confirmed case of the novel coronavirus traveled to Nigeria. “We would be reaching out to every member of the flight. We are going…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

How Buhari administration planned to transfer $110 million Abacha loot to Bagudu

Despite attempts by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to deny the transfer of $110 million stolen from Nigeria’s treasury by late military tyrant, Sani Abacha, to Mr Abacha’s most profligate money launderer and current governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, United States court papers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show that the…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Nigerian embassy fails citizens repatriated from Thailand, leaves them in prison despite pardon

No fewer than eight Nigerian inmates repatriated from Thailand to complete their prison terms close to their families are being held at Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos, for more than three years beyond their release dates due to the failure of consular officials at the Nigerian Embassy in Thailand to transmit…

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

Abacha Loot: US, Jersey, repatriate N112 billion laundered by Kebbi governor, Bagudu

While he enjoys immunity from prosecution and unfettered access to taxpayers’ fund as the executive governor of Kebbi State, the United States and Jersey authorities have repatriated N112.05 billion ($308 million) stolen and laundered by Abubakar Bagudu on behalf of the infamous military dictator, Sani Abacha. Before he became governor,…

Forte Oil filling Station, Gbaji, shut in compliance with the restriction of supply of petroleum products to border communities

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite restriction on fuel supply to border communities, smuggling, extortion still rife

“My businesses are suffering from what I know nothing about. I don’t smuggle petrol across the border. We only sell petrol to motorists and other users in Nigeria. I am too far from the border to be engaged in petrol bunkering, if you want to see those smuggling petrol to…

Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.

Saro-Wiwa: Britain resisted sanctions on Abacha regime for commercial reasons, documents show

Despite expressing public outrage over the 1995 execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni environmental activists, by the Sani Abacha-led military junta, the British government resisted repeated appeals by late South African president, Nelson Mandela, and the Swedish government to impose oil and other sanctions on the Nigerian regime,…

Photo of the 1.2 tonnes of Seized Cocaine (credit: Business Insider)

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug Frontier: How cocaine trafficking is impacting West Africa

The route first became infamous between the 16th and 19th centuries when millions of West African slaves were shipped to South America through it. But the distance of approximately 2,500 kilometres (between Brazil and Dakar) has acquired a new type of notoriety since the early 2000s after Latin American drug…

UK govt’s probe uncovers massive fraud in Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy

After a five-year-long investigation into the finances of United Kingdom (UK) branch of Christ Embassy, founded by popular mega-church pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, the UK Charity Commission has indicted the church’s board of trustees of a wide range of fraudulent practices including illegally paying more than N827 million (£1,767,250) to entities…

U.S. Department of Justice

Four Nigerians, 11 others charged with $18mn cyber fraud in U.S.

Four months after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) charged 77 Nigerians with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft, at least another four Nigerians were among 15 defendants charged on Tuesday for an alleged $18 million cyber and bank fraud at the Manhattan…

Air Peace Airlines, Allen Onyema

U.S. government charges Air Peace founder Onyema with $20 million fraud

The United States government has charged the founder of Nigerian airline, Air Peace, Allen Onyema, with an alleged $20 million fraud and money laundering, the US Department of Justice, announced on Friday in a statement. According to the indictment, Mr Onyema allegedly moved the funds from Nigeria through U.S. bank…

Benedicta Daudu (Photo: DailyTrust)

Former Buhari’s anti-corruption adviser embroiled in examination malpractice appointed top academic

A former adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on anti-corruption, Benedicta Daudu, who was suspended by the University of Jos (UNIJOS) in 2016 for allegedly cheating during an examination, is now the dean of the Faculty of Law at Taraba State University (TASU). On May 4, 2016, Mrs Dauda who was…

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…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

EXCLUSIVE: Besides $9 bn P&ID ruling, Nigeria dogged by other huge contractual judgement debts

As Nigeria puts together an appeal against the $9 billion judgement debt in favour of Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID), by the United Kingdom Commercial Court, the country is still haunted by other contractual judgements debts against it by local and foreign courts. Last month, the UK court granted…

The lecturer, Boniface Igbeneghu, is a former sub-dean of Faculty of Art and head pastor of local Foursquare Gospel Church. [PHOTO CREDIT: Screen shot from BBC's secret video.]

BBC investigation exposes Nigerian, Ghanaian academics sexually harassing students for grades

In a year-long investigation due to be released on Monday, a BBC Africa Eye investigation, using undercover reporters posing as students, has revealed how female students are blackmailed and sexually harassed by male lecturers in exchange for better grades and mentorship. The BBC invited PREMIUM TIMES for an exclusive viewing…

Danfo Drivers

How Danfo Drivers shaped Nigeria’s pop culture of late 90s and early 2000s

Last Thursday, the managers of the pop rave of the early 2000s, Danfo Drivers, announced that Mad Melon (Oghenemaro Emeofa), one half of the duo from Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos famous for churning out sports and entertainment stars, died after a battle with an ailment suspected to be tuberculosis.…

LASU VC, Olanrewaju Fagbohun

Oath Of Secrecy: PREMIUM TIMES appeals to LASU staff to share confidential information anonymously

In April, PREMIUM TIMES ran a series exposing corruption and fraud at the Lagos State University, LASU. The first story, published on April 6, revealed that a top professor at the University and former executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC) falsified his age. Documents sent to this newspaper…

Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu

How Kebbi Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, was arrested in America

Long before he was elected governor, prosecutors in the United States and the United Kingdom said Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State was a bagman for the infamous late military dictator, Sani Abacha. Mr Abacha, who died in 1998, was a relentless kleptocrat who stole an estimated $2.2 billion from the…

james-ibori

“Return £7.3m you laundered for Ibori or …” UK court orders Goldman Sachs banker

A court in the United Kingdom has ordered a former Goldman Sachs banker, who was described as the linchpin in the money laundering schemes of James Ibori, to return £7.3 million he helped the former governor of Delta State launder or be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The ruling…

NNPC Towers: P&ID and the Petroleum ministry signed the contract here

EXCLUSIVE: $9.6Billion Judgment Debt: How former CJN helped P&ID to defeat Nigeria

For the former Chief Justice, it was all business. It did not matter that he was providing an expert legal opinion against his country whose judiciary he once headed. It did not matter that Nigeria stood to lose the case on account of his testimony, neither did it matter that…