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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Sowore supporters

Police arrest Sowore’s supporter for pasting posters at night

The police in Lagos have arrested six supporters of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore, for allegedly removing the campaign materials of an unnamed political party and replacing them with those of their candidate. Spokesperson for the Lagos police, Chike Oti, who confirmed the report…

APC Chieftain, Joe Igbokwe (Photo Credit: Concise News)

You’re an opportunist, APC tells Ambode’s commissioner who resigned from party

The All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos State has fired back at an ex-commissioner for energy and mineral resources, Olawale Oluwo, who announced his resignation from the party on Wednesday. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the politician resigned from the APC over the vexed primary elections in the state that saw…

Oluwaseyi Adesuyi. His family says he was taken away by SARS operatives but has not been seen ever since.

How man arrested by SARS five years ago disappeared without trace

The last time Oluwaseyi Adesuyi was seen alive in public was on July 5, 2013, when he was paraded as a suspect before journalists in connection with a high-profile kidnapping. Since then, like a mirage at dusk, he has completely disappeared without a trace. The police, which arrested and paraded…

Olawale Oluwo (Photo Credit: Pulse)

Lagos APC Crisis: Ambode’s commissioner resigns, may join PDP

Two months after the controversial gubernatorial primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, has resigned from the ruling party. In his resignation letter dated December 3 to the state APC chairman and obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Oluwo,…

Why I pardoned ex-Governor Alamieyeseigha — Jonathan

One of the albatrosses of the Goodluck Jonathan administration was the granting of state pardon to the convicted late governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. Mr Jonathan was the deputy to Mr Alamieyeseigha when he was governor of Bayelsa. Mr Alamieyeseigha who died in 2015 was convicted for money laundering…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Real reasons I lost 2015 presidential election — Goodluck Jonathan

Immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed how former governors of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) because they were “blinded by ambition” and a barrage of “fake news,” cost him his bid to be reelected for a second term in…

Ifueko-Omoigui-Okauru

Former FIRS boss emerges new president of Queens’ College’s alumni association

A former chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, has emerged the new president of the Queens' College Old Girls Association (QCOGA). Mrs Omoigui-Okauru defeated a former deputy speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Funmi Tejuosho, by 178 votes to 51 to emerge victorious in…

Queens College

Former FIRS chairman, Omoigui-Okauru, to ‘clash’ with ex-deputy speaker, Tejuoso, in Lagos

A former chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, will be slugging it out with a former deputy speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Funmi Tejuosho, on Sunday for the presidency of the Queen’s College Old Girls’ Association. The election to appoint a new leadership for…

Graves of scores of ‘previously unknown’ Nigerian soldiers found in Myanmar

There could be up to 650 unidentified Nigerian soldiers who died and were buried in Burma (Now called Myanmar) during and after Second World War. If confirmed to be true, the number is more than 10 times number of dead soldiers officially recorded by the Nigerian government as buried in…

Atiku Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Sun Nigeria]

FACT-CHECK: Did the Economist Magazine really endorse Atiku?

On Friday 0ctober 26, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation released a statement claiming the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next February’s presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, was endorsed by the influential London-based Economist magazine. In the statement titled: “The Economist Vindicates Atiku Abubakar,” his campaign organisation said the 'endorsement' by the…

President Muhammadu Buhari receives WAEC attestation [Photo: @BashirAhmad]

No discrepancy in Buhari’s WAEC attestation certificate

There is no discrepancy in the results of the school certificate examination of President Muhammadu Buhari released in 2015 and the results in an “attestation certificate” issued to the president by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Friday. The president’s school certificate examination, which was a major controversy in…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

Nigerian govt’s plan to sell national assets irresponsible – Atiku

The campaign organisation of the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku, has described the plan by the Nigerian government to sell some public asset to fund the 2018 budget as irresponsible. The organisation in a statement on Wednesday likened the decision as selling one’s “family house…

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SPECIAL REPORT: The men who embezzled Nigerian Airways to death

On Tuesday, as the Nigerian government commenced payment of the pension of retired employees of the defunct Nigerian Airways, members of the House of Representatives passed a resolution to investigate those indicted for looting the resources of the fallen national carrier. After weeks of verification, the government eventually cleared about…

Nigerian journalists at the Saudi Arabian Embassy protesting the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi: Nigerian journalists, CSOs protest at Saudi embassy

A group of media rights activists on Friday protested at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Abuja to demand justice over the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Khashoggi was assassinated on October 2 at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey when he had gone to receive some documents…

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, after been granted bail at the Federal High Court in Lagos (24/10/018). 05230/24/10/2018/Olatunde Okoya/TA/NAN

Fayose fails to meet bail condition; to spend weekend in prison

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will spend the weekend in prison as he failed to meet his bail condition before the close of work on Friday. Mr Fayose who is facing an 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering amounting to ₦2.2 billion was granted a…

Wale Babalakin

I don’t owe AMCON, rather Nigerian govt owes me – Babalakin

Billionaire businessman and owner of Bi-Courtney Limited, Wale Babalakin, has warned the Asset management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to desist from publishing his name and that of his companies in its list of debtors. On Monday, AMCON published a list of 105 “delinquent debtors” owing the government a total of…

Timothy Omotoso (Photo Credit: africa.com)

Rape trial of Nigerian pastor sparks outrage in South Africa

The trial of a flamboyant Nigerian pastor and televangelist, Timothy Omotoso, arraigned for rape and human trafficking in the South African city of Port Elizabeth has led to public outrage in the country. The BBC reports that public anger in South Africa reached a crescendo following Mr Omotoso’s lawyer’s aggressive…

Bloomberg Headquarters. [Photo credit: Shen Milsom & Wilke]

How Bloomberg combines artificial, human intelligence in tackling fake news

With thousands of clients across the world waiting for the most recent news on stock prices, and other financial news, Bloomberg realises that its survival and to a large extent those of its customers demands on its ability to produce the most accurate and timely financial news. But with the…

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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…