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:

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…

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, Luigi Maio

Row as Italy accuses France of exploiting Africa and fueling migration

A diplomatic row has erupted between two of the biggest countries in the European Union – France and Italy – after the Italian deputy prime minister, Luigi Maio, accused France of exploiting Africa and fueling migration to the EU. On Monday the Italian ambassador to France, Teresa Castaldo, was summoned…

Candidates for the 2019 Presidential Debate [Photo: Channels TV]

How Durotoye, Ezekwesili, Moghalu fared at presidential debate

President Muhammadu Buhari and the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were absent at the presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) on Saturday. The Buhari campaign organisation released a statement saying that the president was not at the debate because…

PU 03 st Matthew pry school ward 03 ijebu ijesha oriade lga voting still on at 3:35pm

Nigeria becoming less democratic; Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso ahead — Report

Nigeria has dropped 18 decimal points since 2015 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index. The country, which was scored 4.62 in 2015 scored a not-so-impressive 4.44 in the recently released 2018 study. The Democracy Index reviews the state of democracy in 165 independent countries worldwide using five parameters: process…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari reacts to Gabon attempted coup

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the military in Gabon to respect the constitution of the country and democracy. Mr Buhari’s call followed the failed coup in the oil-rich African country. The plotters seized control of the national radio station early on Monday morning. They then broadcast a message saying that…

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. [Photo credit: Qed.ng]

In new recording, Amaechi depicts Lagos as ‘glorified village’

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained the third in a series of leaked audio recordings by Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s transport minister and the director general of President Mohammadu Buhari's campaign team. Mr Amaechi has been in the eye of a storm in the last 48 hours following the release of two earlier…

Gabonese President, Ali Bongo (Photo Credit: Watchdog Uganda)

Gabon govt says things are in control hours after soldiers ‘seize’ power

The Ali Bongo-led government in Gabon has announced that an attempt to topple the administration had failed and four of the plotters have been arrested and are in custody. The announcement came hours after a group of soldiers announced they had seized power in the country in a “bid to…

Gabon Soldiers announcing the take over of power. [PHOTO CREDIT: Channels TV]

Military seizes power in Gabon

The military in oil-rich central African country, Gabon, has announced it has seized power, effectively ending the 50-year rule of the family of President Ali Bongo. The military said it is seizing power “to restore democracy”, the BBC reports. Citizens of the country were woken to a 3.00 GMT broadcast…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Lagos govt responds to Jimi Agbaje’s criticism of head of service appointment

The Lagos State government has described as “nonsensical” the claims that it forcefully retired, at least, 21 permanent secretaries to make way for the emergence of the state's new Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola. Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), who made the allegation said…

Kadaria Ahmed

Ace broadcaster, Kadaria Ahmed, to host town hall meetings for presidential candidates

Ace broadcaster and journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, will be hosting a series of town hall meetings with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of four political parties vying for the 2019 elections. According to a statement on Monday by Daria Media, the scheduled town hall meetings is dubbed “The Candidates”. The candidates…

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…