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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The accident scene

Tragedy as pastor accidentally drives into jubilating crowd in Fayemi’s hometown

A mid-size wagon ran into an ecstatic crowd welcoming the victory of Kayode Fayemi on Sunday morning, hitting a seven-year-old boy and leaving him ghastly wounded. Medical personnel were not optimistic about the boy's high chances of recovery, only urging his family and relatives to be fervent in their prayers.…

Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Fayemi wins Ekiti gubernatorial election

The candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, has been officially declared the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election. The chief returning officer of the election, Idowu Olayinka, a professor and vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the final results in the early hours…

At 8:39, Ilejemeje LGA, Ward 6, PU 001, voting process has commenced, security personnel present and party agents.

Ekiti Decides: Unofficial INEC results (LIVE UPDATE)

Results of the local government election held in the 16 local governments of Ekiti State have been trickling in. Many of the results have been announced by local INEC officials at polling units and some local governments. While those results were all officially provided by INEC officials, only the final…

Ekiti State Gubernatorial candidates

EkitiDecides2018 (LIVE UPDATES): APC, PDP, 32 others battle for Ekiti governorship

All is set for residents of Ekiti State to make a crucial decision that could shape the state’s development in the next four years. The politicking has ended, now the people will decide. A total of 35 political parties are fielding candidates for today’s election. According to the Independent National…

Ekiti State Gubernatorial candidates

#EkitiDebate2018: Fayemi, Olusola-Eleka, others in final showdown (Live Updates)

Gubernatorial candidates in Ekiti State are taking part in a televised debate to canvass support for their individual ambitions, two days to the showdown on Saturday. Major contenders, Kayode Fayemi and Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, standing for the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, respectively, are expected to slug it…

NNPC TOWERS

REVEALED: How ex-NNPC boss became major shareholder in top Ghana hotel

Documents recently obtained by PREMIUM TIMES and its ICIJ partners have revealed how a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Funsho Kupolokun, acquired loads of lucrative shares between 2009 and 2014 to become a major shareholder in one of Ghana’s most expensive and lucrative hotels.…

Toyin Saraki

I’m British, Saraki’s wife tells Seychelles’ investigators probing alleged money laundering

As investigators in Seychelles enquire about the multi-million dollar assets owned by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, through offshore shell companies in tax havens, his wife, Toyin, who is suspected to have acted as his front, tried to distance herself as a politically-exposed person (PEP) by submitting documents that suggested…

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja

EXCLUSIVE: Mossack Fonseca dumps ex-NNPC boss after Panama Papers revelations

After a PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed how a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Abubakar Yar’Adua, bought a £890,000 home in London while still in office, infamous offshore-provider, Mossack Fonseca, which was at the centre of the global leak known as Panama Papers, resigned as the registered…

Buhari in Bauchi [Photo: @BashirAhmaad on twitter]

Buhari’s prompt Bauchi visit draws criticisms after president ignored victims of killings

Nigerians reacted with anger and caution Thursday over President Buhari's swift visit to Bauchi after a fire incident there, questioning his long refusal to meet and commiserate with hundreds of victims and families of rampant killings and disasters across the country. A day after signing the 2018 budget, the president…

Healthy rice paddy, Jega

Rice farmers react to Premium Times’ report on Anchor Borrowers’ Programme

Following the publication of a special report on the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, on June 4, 2018, PREMIUM TIMES received a letter of complaint from the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) claiming that the story contained “misinformation, inaccuracies and unfair generalisations.” RIFAN then listed eight findings in the…

Traditional method of thrashing harvested paddy

SPECIAL REPORT: Fraud allegations, unremitted loans, crop failure, other anomalies dog Nigerian govt’s “rice revolution”

Speaking to a packed audience at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, an annual conference held to mark the birthday of Mr Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos in March, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said agriculture was at the core of the government’s economic…

President says INEC reserves right to order elections

How Buhari administration encourages human rights abuses – U.S. Government

Just days before President Muhammadu Buhari meets his American counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington DC, the United States government has released a report indicting the administration of the Nigerian leader of the festering human rights abuses in the country. The US Department of State in its “Country Reports on Human…

Kingsley Moghalu

Why I’ll be a better president than Buhari – Moghalu

Following Tuesday’s declaration by president Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, a former deputy governor of the central bank and presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu has said he will make a better president than Mr Buhari. Mr Moghalu, who has not declared under which political party he will run for…

File photo of a local PSP operator evacuating the waste at Tinubu Square.

Waste Controversy: Lagos govt, Visionscape lied – PSP operators

The Lagos State Government and Visionscape were not truthful in a recent statement released on the waste controversy in the state, private waste managers have said. The local waste collection operatives, commonly known as Private Sector Participants (PSPs) denied reaching a resolution with both parties. This is contrary to widely…

Dan Etete

Swiss authorities block bank accounts linked to Malabu Oil scam

The government of Switzerland has blocked several bank accounts in the country linked to the planned bribery trial of Eni and Shell executives in Milan, Italy, as it relates to the infamous Malabu oil scam. On Monday, the office of the Swiss Attorney-General confirmed that at the request of public…

Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela dies at 81

Winnie Mandela, anti-apartheid campaigner and the ex-wife of South Africa’s most famous and first black leader, Nelson Mandela, has died at 81. According to the South African Herald newspaper, her personal assisitant, Zodwa Zwane, confirmed her passing Monday afternoon. "It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that…

A heap of waste in Festac

INVESTIGATION: How Lagos govt sidelined local operators for foreign company with no experience in waste collection

Brimming with confidence like the salesman of an elixir that promises to finally cure an intractable disease, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, told participants at an environmental conference last July, that Visionscape, a foreign waste management company, was the solution to the state’s perennial refuse-collection problem. The governor,…

Why I confessed to rigging elections for PDP – Mantu

A former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, has revealed why he confessed to rigging elections for the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). During an interview on Channels Television, Mr Mantu, a former member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, said he was actively involved in compromising election officials, security…

osibanjo

Why we won’t stop talking about Jonathan’s corrupt government – Osinbajo

Despite calls from some segments of the country for members of President Muhammadu Buhari's government and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to stop harping about corruption in the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Lagos said he and members of his administration…

EFCC operative used to illustrate the story

Director who was fined N750,000 for stealing N33 billion now to spend six years in prison, pay N23 billion fine

John Yusuf, a former assistant director of the federal civil service, whose 2013 sentencing of two years in jail with an option of N750,000 for stealing N33 billion of police pension fund caused widespread outrage in the country, will now spend six years in prison in addition to paying a…

Boko Haram

#DapchiGirls: Nigerian military, police ignored warnings of Boko Haram attack‎ – Amnesty International

Hours before Boko Haram insurgents arrived in Dapchi where they seized 110 schoolgirls on February 19, both the Nigerian Army and the police were alerted to the impending operation but took no serious action to repel it, a new report by Amnesty International states. The revelation marked the strongest indication…

EXCLUSIVE: Blocked from America, Atiku sells controversial $2.95 million U.S. home

A luxury mansion co-owned by former Vice Presiden Atiku Abubakar, and his fourth wife, Jennifer Douglas, in the posh neighbourhood of Potomac, Maryland, United States, has been auctioned. The property gained international notoriety in 2005 after it was searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in connection with a…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Land Use Charge: Lagos will protect tenants from “Shylock landlords” – Commissioner

The Lagos State government has vowed to protect tenants from those it described as “Shylock landlords” who might be planning to use the recent increase in land use charges in the state to arbitrarily increase rent. The state’s Commissioner for Information, Kehinde Bamigbetan, told journalists at a press conference in…

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority

INTERVIEW: How I’m ridding NPA of corruption – Hadiza Bala Usman

Hadiza Bala Usman was appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority at a time the agency was plagued by corruption and inefficiency. Ten months before her appointment, Swiss prosecutors had named four former top shots of the NPA in a $20.7 million bribery scandal involving a joint venture partner…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

Malabu Scandal: International anti-corruption agencies task AGF Malami on inconsistent letters to Buhari, UK court

A group of anti-corruption organisations has asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to explain the inconsistencies between his letter to President Muhammadu Buahri asking him to call off the prosecution of the main suspects in the Malabu oil deal, and the federal government’s application to a United…