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:

Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Nigeria’s coronavirus infection, death rate, among highest in sub-Saharan Africa – Data

An analysis of coronavirus data of seven selected sub-Saharan African countries – Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, and Uganda - revealed that Nigeria is an outlier with infection rates up to 35 times more than Uganda, for instance, and a recovery rate that ranks among the lowest in…

The president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina

How AfDB violated own rules in Akinwumi Adesina’s case

The decision of the Bureau of Governors of the African Development Bank Group to authorise an independent review of the allegations against the president of the bank, Akinwumi Adesina, is a violation of the bank’s rule, a PREMIUM TIMES analysis of the bank’s Ethics Committee’s report and its Code of…

Buruji Kashamu

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. asked Buruji Kashamu to provide evidence on 9/11 attacks

While he was in jail in the United Kingdom contesting a request by United States authorities to have him extradited to face drug trafficking charges, Buruji Kashamu, a former senator who represented Ogun East District, obtained information about the 9/11 attacks and tried to pass it over to the U.S.…

VIDEO: Extortion Bazaar: How corrupt security personnel, states’ officials help violate interstate travel ban

A PREMIUM TIMES investigation across the six geo-political regions of Nigeria revealed that state governors who had originally called for the ban on interstate travels did very little in their domains to ensure full compliance; with some choosing rather to erect easily breached flimsy gates at major boundaries with neighbouring…

Extortion Bazaar: How corrupt security personnel, states’ officials help violate interstate travel ban

On April 27, President Muhammadu Buhari during his third nationwide broadcast on measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus announced a ban on non-essential interstate travels. The president also declared a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. What Mr Buhari may not have…

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank

Inside AfDB ‘whistleblower’ allegations against Akinwumi Adesina

The United States government has demanded that a fresh and in-depth investigation be conducted into the allegations against the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina, using an independent investigator. The call came after the bank’s ethics committee had cleared Mr Adesina of all allegations of wrongdoing raised by…

Copyright stamp [PHOTO: CIKD]

Nigerian producer demands £1 million from British cable TV provider for alleged copyright infringement

Sate Television, a Nigerian TV producer, has asked UK's largest cable TV provider, Sky TV UK, to pay it £1 million within 21 days for alleged copyright infringement of its programme, “Urban Kitchen”. In a statement on Wednesday, the legal representative to Sate Television, Remedium Law Partners, also demanded N100…

National ID card used to illustrate the story

42 million unique ID records captured in Nigeria’s database — NIMC

No fewer than 42 million unique records are in the National Identity Database, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced on Thursday. The director-general of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, made this revelation while participating in a three-day Africa Tech Leaders Webinar Series on COVID-19 organised by Digital Jewels Limited. The webinar…

Paulin Basinga and Chris Elais

INTERVIEW: How Gates Foundation helped eradicate polio in Nigeria – Officials

In February, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively spoke with Chris Elias, the President of the Global Development Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Paulin Basinga, the foundation’s country director, on the role the foundation played in the eradication of wild polio in Nigeria and a range of other developmental…

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Struggling to scale COVID-19 tests, Nigeria considers antibodies diagnosis in general population

As Nigeria struggles to ramp up the number of COVID-19 tests, the country is now considering doing serological diagnosis within its general population to determine the total number of people infected with the virus. Nigeria sits among countries with the least number of standard coronavirus tests conducted worldwide. As of…

Arik Air

COVID-19: Arik cuts salaries by 80%, places 90% of staff on leave without pay

As the airline industry across the world continues to take a beating following the suspension of most local and international flights, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, Arik Air, on Thursday informed staff it would cut the salaries of its employees by a whopping 80 per cent. In an internal memo obtained…

Coronavirus test kits (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: INTERPOL busts 1.5 million euro face masks fraud traced to Nigeria

The INTERPOL says it has foiled a coordinated multinational face masks supply fraud worth Eur 1.5 million linked to Nigeria. The International Criminal Police Organisation in a statement on its website on Tuesday said the scheme involved the use of compromised emails, advance payment fraud, and money laundering. The alleged…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; addressing journalists after the State Security Council meeting at Lagos House, Marina, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Behind him are (L-R): Director, Department of Security Service (DSS), Mr. Abdulfatai Sanusi; Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu; Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Apapa, Commodore Ibrahim Aliyu Shettima and Commander, 651 Base Services Group, Nigerian Air Force Base, Ikeja, Air Commodore Rasaq Olanrewaju.

Coronavirus: Misinformation, partisanship marred sharing of relief items in Lagos – Report

The sharing of coronavirus emergency relief items in Lagos State was marred by poor communication, which led to misinformation about the intended beneficiaries, political favouritism, and random distribution, a report by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) stated. The state government promised to share 200,000 food relief packages among…

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,…