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:

Tukur Buratai and the troops.

How widespread impunity is encouraging right abuses in Nigeria – U.S. report

The failure and incapability of the Nigerian government to investigate and punish both state and non-state actors accused of human rights violations in the country has led to the entrenchment of abuses such as torture, illegal detention, human trafficking and sexual exploitations, the United States Department of State, 2018 Human…

Atiku Abubakar, Benue

Presidential Election: The real number of votes I scored in each state – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar in the just-completed presidential election has given a breakdown of the number of votes he believed he scored in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory as opposed to that which was announced…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

Bauchi Election: INEC confirms PREMIUM TIMES report, to reinstate Tafawa Balewa result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed a report by PREMIUM TIMES which exclusively revealed that the election umpire would regenerate and reinstate the cancelled votes from Tafawa Balewa local government in Bauchi. The result from the local government was cancelled because the local government collating officer, Dominion Anosike,…

Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reviews Bauchi decision, to announce result of Tafawa Balewa LG

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the resumption and conclusion of collation of results in Bauchi State. The commission said the collation and announcement of results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area for the governorship election will be completed as the duplicate and original Registration Area results are…

Voting in Rivers state

ANALYSIS: How supplementary elections in six states will be fought and won

After the March 9 governorship elections across the country, the polls in six states – Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto – were declared inconclusive. Clause 34 (e) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Regulation and Guideline for 2019 General Elections stipulates that supplementary elections will be held…

Bauchi State on the map

Bauchi Governorship: My life’s under threat – Tafawa Balewa collation officer

Dominion Anosike, the collation officer of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi State during last Saturday’s governorship election has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking to be allowed to testify about what led to the cancellation of the results from the local government. The result from…

Muhammed Abubakar and Bala Muhammed

Supplementary Election: What INEC plans to do in Bauchi

On Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that supplementary elections in the five states where the gubernatorial elections were declared inconclusive would be held on March 23. In a statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, the commission said having considered a…

former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

PDP claims victory in Bauchi, attacks INEC for declaring governorship election inconclusive

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State has claimed victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state and has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring the election in the state inconclusive. Speaking at a press briefing held in the state capital on Monday morning, the chairman…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

PDP in lead as INEC declares Bauchi’s election inconclusive

Mohammed Kyari, the returning officer of governor election in Bauchi, has declared the governorship election in Bauchi State inconclusive. Mr Kyari explained early Monday morning at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office where the results from the 20 local governments of the state were being collated that the margin…

10.22a.m Polling Unit 013, Ward 4, Ibiono Ibom Western, accreditation and voting is about to commence. Voters are lining up, ready to cast their vote.

UPDATED: Bauchi election declared inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Bauchi State governorship election inconclusive. From the final results declared, the margin of lead which stood at 4059 is less than cancelled Votes, 45,312, excluding Tafawa Balewa. The INEC will now organise another fresh election in the affected polling units of…

Trouble over movement of polling unit in Bauchi

Voting is largely peaceful in Bauchi city of Bauchi State. However, a rowdy argument ensued at a polling centre at Senator Abubakar Maikfi Crescent, Jahun, after materials meant for two of the three polling units in the centre were oved to a polling unit close to Makama Nursery and Primary…

NYSC Corps members

How INEC prepared for Saturday’s elections, treated ad-hoc staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced final distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive voting materials on Friday. As of Friday night, almost all registration area centres (RACs) had received or were about to receive voting materials, PREMIUM TIMES and Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) found in separate observations from…

Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

ANALYSIS: Opposition groundswell in Bauchi threatens to sweep incumbent governor

In Bauchi, the demon awakened by the last year’s contentious All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries still roves untamed. And the virulent ghost seems prepared to strip the incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar of his political future. But he has vowed to do whatever it takes to exorcise the belligerent spirit that…

Voters on a queue

How irregularities at ward collation affected presidential, National Assembly elections – CDD

The February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections were marred by widespread irregularities at ward level collation of results, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has said. CDD, which monitored the elections alongside its partners including PREMIUM TIMES and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), stated that feedback from…

President Muhammadu Buhari resumes office 5

ANALYSIS: What Nigerians should expect from Buhari’s second term

After a gruelling campaign that saw him travelling to all the states of the federation plus the federal capital, Abuja, canvassing for votes, despite concerns in some quarters over his health, President Muhammadu Buhari emerged winner of last Saturday’s presidential election. Mr Buhari scored 15,191,847 votes to upstage his closest…

APC cries foul over Dogara’s re-election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has rejected the outcome of the House of Representatives elections in Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro constituency of the state. The election was won by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who polled 73,609…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara at his polling unit in Bauchi

It’s Official: Dogara wins in Bauchi

The Speaker of the House of Representatives has been declared the winner of the Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency election in Bauchi State. Mr Dogara, the candidate of the PDP, scored 73,609 votes to defeat the APC candidate, Dalhatu Kantana, who scored 50,078 results. He was declared the winner by the…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

INEC reconducts elections in Dogara’s constituency

The presidential and National Assembly elections at a polling unit in Kopti, Tafawa Balewa/ Bogoro federal constituency, has been rescheduled for Sunday (today) due to the failure of the smart card reader. The constituency is currently represented by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who is seeking…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

ANALYSIS: Dogara remains unfazed in Buhari’s stronghold

How can a legislator from the president’s ironclad stronghold who has spent the better parts of the last two years antagonising the president including defecting to the opposition party get re-elected by his constituency? Ask Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives. From 2003 when he started running…

Ali Janga

Police deploy 6,000 personnel for presidential election in Bauchi

The Bauchi State police commissioner, Ali Janga, told journalist on Friday in Bauchi that the police command and other security agencies will deploy more than 6,000 security officials for Saturday’s National Assembly and presidential elections in the state. Mr Janga, who said that security officials have have already been deployed…

Nigeria’s former minister of justice, Bayo Ojo

Malabu Scandal: Ex-AGF Bayo Ojo admits being paid $10mn for “legal services”

Nigeria’s former minister of justice, Bayo Ojo, admitted to an Italian court on Thursday in Milan that he had an agreement with disgraced former petroleum minister and owner of Malabu Oil, Dan Etete, to be paid a staggering $50 million for legal advice, which included finding buyers for the infamous…

Wole Soyinka

UPDATED:Elections: Soyinka rejects Buhari, Atiku for president

The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has denounced the two leading parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - saying they are worthy of “absolute rejection” in the forthcoming general elections. Mr Soyinka spoke at an interactive session tagged Citizen Forum 2019, titled: "Civic Choice…

Protesters asking for the reinstatement of suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen

Protesters give Buhari one week to recall suspended CJN Onnoghen

Protesters who gathered outside the Lagos office of Channels Television on Sunday have given the government one week to recalled suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was billed to appear for an interview on Sunday on the station’s weekend programme, “Rubbin’Minds”, Mr Osinbajo canceled…

Oby Ezekwesili

2019: Durotoye, Moghalu, Sowore, Fasua speak on Ezekwesili’s coalition proposal

The candidates of political parties outside the two main ones – the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) - have said they are ready to engage in discussions that may result in the emergence of a consensus candidate, but such arrangement must be based on…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

UPDATED: Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race

Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has withdrawn from the February 16 presidential election, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. In a statement released early on Thursday morning, Mrs Ezekwesili said she stepped down from the election to help build a coalition to defeat the…