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 

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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…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

Detained Nigerian journalist charged with treason for criticising governor

A Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, who has been in police detention for over a week, over a report about an alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, has been charged with treason. Mr Jalingo, who is the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, a Cross River State-based newspaper, was arrested…

US Department of Justice [Photo: Reuters]

How Nigerian syndicate defrauded firms, individuals of millions of dollars

An online syndicate of mostly Nigerian nationals facing fraud and money laundering charges defrauded no fewer than 18 corporate organisations and 14 individuals across the world of several millions of dollars, an unsealed indictment released by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has shown. Some of the companies defrauded…

Tax avoidance versus tax evasion [Photo: Fox Business]

UPDATED: Mauritius Leaks: Documents, audio recording reveal Nigerian fintech giant’s tax schemes

A mix of windy local investment climate at home and an eye for foreign asset cushion are pushing businesses in Nigeria to seek an investment umbrella in Mauritius considered as Africa’s major tax haven. Venture Garden Nigeria Limited, one of Nigeria’s biggest financial technology (fintech) company, which enjoys huge government…

Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the stupendous wealth of Arik Air founder, Arumemi-Ikhide

While his beleaguered airline was accumulating over a hundred billion naira in debt, compelling a government takeover with taxpayers’ money, the founder of Arik Air, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, sat on vast wealth in real estate, company stocks and other properties stashed around the world, a PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation has revealed. Belaboured…

Stamping History (Foam)

Peju Olayiwola’s “Indigo Reimagined” displays adire in new light

The Yoruba of South-west Nigeria have been drawing intricately beautiful patterns – mostly of indigenous flora and fauna - with wax on white fabrics later dipped in indigo dye. The local name for these fabrics is 'adire', which means tie and dye. Though the history of adire fabric and how…

Sa'idu Ali, Vegetable seller, Tradermoni beneficiary at Yan Tipper market in Dutse, Jigawa State.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari’s Tradermoni, CCT, could ‘ve raised financial inclusion

Shuaibu Sani from Gidan Tsika village in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State is a beneficiary of the government Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme. From the N10,000 he is paid bi-monthly, he manages to save N600. Although Mr Sani’s home is not far from the payment centre – just…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian elite have always been against me — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that Nigerian elite have never been in support of his political ambitions. He said they should thank ordinary citizens for making him a leader and, therefore, saving everyone from acute leadership failure. The president said the elite have always pushed a candidate they believe…

President Muhammadu Buhari

I may retain some ministers — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday indicated that he may retain some ministers, as his first term winds down. The president said in an interview aired on NTA Monday night that he had asked ministers to submit their records of achievement and expect to leave the cabinet, but he was considering…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

UNILAG Management Crisis: Governing Council Chair, Babalakin, opens up

The pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin, has revealed the reasons behind the crisis brewing at the university. He opened up in a letter to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement. The letter was a response to an invitation by the committee following a petition…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: UNILAG Crisis: Governing Council rejects directive of education minister

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin, are set on a collision course over the crisis in the institution. This follows the rejection by the university’s Governing Council of a directive by the minister for it to pause the ongoing…

A group photo of President Buhari and Ministers

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari administration hires American lobbying firm one month after Atiku’s engagement

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has acquired the services of an image-laundering and lobbying firm with offices in the United Kingdom and the United States to undertake 'outreach and relationship building with various stakeholders' PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report. The hiring comes about a month after Atiku Abubakar last…

ICPC Head Office

Nigerians debate Buhari’s appointment of 27-year-old on ICPC board

President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of an inexperienced 27-year-old into the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC), one of the country’s topmost anti-graft agencies, has stirred up a debate among Nigerians about her eligibility to occupy the position. Many Nigerians on social media have either expressed…

Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

Documents show LASU lied about Okebukola’s age falsification scandal

The management of the Lagos State University (LASU) lied when it claimed that an investigative report exposing age falsification by a professor was incorrect, documents show. The LASU management, while reacting to a PREMIUM TIMES investigation that revealed that one of the university’s professors, Peter Okebukola, falsified his age to…

The Lagos State University (LASU)

Despite contrary evidence, LASU denies diverting staff pension fund

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has denied it diverted N198 million from the pension fund of its staff to purchase luxury vehicles, despite multiple official memos issued by the university’s Governing Council, its highest decision-making body, clearly showing it did. The university management was reacting to a PREMIUM…

Kenyan Police [Photo Credit: ethioalert.com]

Kenyan Police detain 33 Nigerians despite court order

Thirty-three Nigerians arrested by Kenya anti-narcotic officers on suspicion of entering the country illegally are being held at various police cells in the country despite a court ordering their immediate and unconditional release, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Kenyan newspaper, Standard Digital, reported that the suspects were arrested in Kasarani, a…

LASU VC, Olanrewaju Fagbohun

How LASU pro-chancellor, VC diverted N198 million staff pension to buy luxury vehicles

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) diverted N198 million it illegally withdrew from the contributory pension of the institution’s employees to purchase 12 luxury vehicles for members of its top echelon, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed. The management also used an additional N83.37 million from the same fund…

Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

LASU speaks on Okebukola’s age falsification scandal

The management of the Lagos State University, on Monday, put out a curious defence of its professor of Science Education, Peter Okebukola, who has presented multiple birth certificates during his profession. The university was reacting to a PREMIUM TIMES investigation which revealed that the professor has three different birth dates…

LASU-Entrance

LASU VC asks staff not to discuss Okebukola’s age scandal

The vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Olanrewaju Fagbohun, is attempting to gag the staff of the institution from discussing the age falsification scandal of the Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the National University Commission. He described the scandal as a "mix-up" and said the university was…