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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U.S. military probe recommends scaling down of West Africa missions after Niger deaths

An investigation conducted by the United States military after last October’s deadly ambush of American troops in Niger by Islamist militants has recommended a reduction of the number of ground missions in West Africa, the New York Times is reporting. The investigation also called on the Pentagon, the U.S. Department…

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Malabu Scandal: Eni’s lawyer, others arrested for allegedly spying into public prosecutor’s investigation

A popular Italian lawyer working for oil giant Eni, Piero Amara, was arrested alongside 14 other people on Tuesday by Italian investigators over an intricate plan to spy and muddle a number of investigations undertaken including investigation into OPL 245, infamously known as the Malabu Oil scandal. Last October, Italian…

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Fears heighten as Egmont Group plans to expel Nigeria

Millions of bank depositors will be exposed to risk while trying to use their Nigerian-issued MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards for international transactions in the coming weeks as the Egmont Group is poised to expel the country from the group, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. In July, 2017, the Egmont Group,…

Malabu: Kachikwu asks Buhari to accept controversial agreement ceding OPL 245 to Shell, Eni

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to cede controversial OPL 245 oil bloc to oil firms, Royal Dutch Shell and Eni. Details of the advice was contained in a leaked memo written by the oil minister in December 2017 asking Mr Buhari to…

Lai Mohammed

Eight issues in Obasanjo’s statement Nigerian govt did not respond to

On Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, responded to the 13-page statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo which rated the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration as below par. In the explosive statement, Mr. Obasanjo highlighted the widespread discontent with the Buhari administration and advised Mr. Buhari…

Olusegun Obasanjo

20 Memorable quotes from Obasanjo’s explosive statement on Buhari

1. The lice of poor performance in government - poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed - if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Why Nigeria needs a third force to dislodge Buhari — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has suggested the creation of a new political movement to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2019, saying the president, whom he supported during the 2015 election, has failed and lacks what it takes to take country out of the woods. In a statement released…

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Presidency keeps mum on Obasanjo’s explosive rebuke of Buhari

The Nigerian presidency has kept mum over the excoriating public statement issued by former President Olusegun Obasanjo calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for re-election. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Mr Buhari, declined comments when reached by PREMIUM TIMES for reaction to the…

President @MBuhari today received the Governors of Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Bauchi, Kano & Yobe at the State House 4

Obasanjo blasts APC governors for endorsing Buhari for second term

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned seven governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress  for endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019. Mr. Obasanjo made his displeasure of the governor’s action known in a statement he released on Tuesday, saying Mr. Buhari has failed and should not consider…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo attacks Buhari, asks president not to run in 2019

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, in a blistering and excoriating 13-page statement, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. Mr. Obasanjo, in a special press statement entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” said Mr Buhari has performed far below…

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Nigerians divided on impact of Buhari’s anti-corruption war – Study

Almost three years into the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s avowed fight against corruption, Nigerians are divided about whether corruption has declined in Nigeria, a new study has found. The study, however, revealed that most Nigerians believe that more Nigerians are appreciative of the government efforts to curtail the menace, with…

Wole Soyinka

Soyinka berates Buhari over government’s failure to rein in Fulani herdsmen

A Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, in an essay on Wednesday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the failure of his government to blame and act decisively against Fulani herdsmen for the recent killings of scores of people in communities in an around the country’s Middle Belt region. There has been an…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (3)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES, in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. This is the third part in the series for 2017. Read the first and…

George Weah asks opponent to nominate candidates for appointment in his govt

In a move that suggests a desire to unite the country after the recent presidential run-off election, the president-elect of Liberia, George Weah has asked his opponent to suggest capable candidates for appointment into his government. The former football star who won a landslide in the December 26, 2017 run-off…

God told me to run for president – Tunde Bakare

The founder of Lagos-based church, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has announced that God has told him to run for the post of Nigerian president. Mr. Bakare who is also a renowned social critic, made the announcement during the New Year service at his church. According to Punch Newspaper, while…

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UPDATED: We have beaten Boko Haram, Buhari insists

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his administration’s stance that the Boko Haram terror group has been defeated. The president spoke in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians. “We have since beaten Boko Haram,” he said. The president’s statement appears a continuation of his controversial declaration in December 2015 that…

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UPDATED: Fuel Scarcity: Buhari vows to deal with marketers, other culpable persons

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with persons who he said are responsible for the current fuel scarcity. Officials of the current administration have repeatedly blamed petrol marketers for the fuel scarcity that has ravaged the country for about a month. Speaking in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians,…

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What Nigeria must do to stop looting of public funds – Global Forum

Nigeria has been advised to make laws that makes it difficult for public fund to be looted and siphoned abroad. The call was made by participants at the inaugural Global Forum on Asset Recovery, GFAR, in Washington DC earlier in December. The forum, organised with support from the Stolen Asset…

Why I conceded defeat to George Weah – Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai

Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph Boakai, has conceded the December 26 presidential runoff election to former soccer star, George Weah. In a nationwide broadcast from his party’s headquarters in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Boakai who was flanked by his supporters and party leaders, said he had already called Mr. Weah to…

How George Weah won Liberian presidential election ( FULL RESULTS)

Crowds of people rushed to the streets of Monrovia and other towns in Liberia as the country’s National Elections Commission, NEC, announced that George Weah, the candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change, CDC, has won 61.5 per cent of the total votes cast. With a total of 720,023…

UPDATED: George Weah elected Liberian president

With 98.1 percent of results from the polling units, George Weah, a former football star and the candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has scored an unassailable lead in the Liberian presidential run-off election. In results announced on Thursday by the chairperson of the country’s electoral Commission,…

Weah and Boakai

As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting

As many Liberians await the announcement of Tuesday’s presidential run-off elections, the country’s ruling Unity Party (UP) has summoned its top officials to an emergency meeting on Friday December 29, 2017. The party has also invited all political parties that partnered with it in the run-up to the election to…

Boakai and Weah

Liberia Election: George Weah, Joseph Boakai to know fate from 6:45pm today

Liberia’s electoral commission to provide update of run-off result Thursday evening The anticipation surrounding the outcome of Liberia’s presidential run-off election may soon come to an end as the country’s electoral commission has announced that it would provide an update of the result of the poll at 5.45 GMT (6:45…

Liberia Presidential Election: George Weah says he’s confident of victory

A former football star, George Weah, and his supporters are brimming with confidence as Liberians head to the poll on Boxing Day in a run-off election to choose a new leader for the West African country. “You know, I’ve been in competitions – tough ones, too – and I came…

Weah and Boakai

Jonathan sues for peace as Liberians elect new president today

The Immediate Past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has sued for a free and fair election as Liberians heads to the poll on Tuesday to vote in the country’s run-off presidential election. Mr. Jonathan who is the co-leader of a delegation of the United States’ National Democratic Institute (NDI) international…