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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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…

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria needs ‘democratic revolution’ in 2019 — Ex-CBN Deputy Gov. Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria overseeing Financial Systems Stability. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu and Nicholas Ibekwe, he spoke about his tenure at the apex bank, the Nigerian political space, and his stand on the Biafran agitation. Excerpts. PREMIUM…

Recapture of Mubi Town

Nigerian military accuses Amnesty International of spreading falsehood

The Nigerian military has accused Amnesty International of a deliberate attempt to weaken its effort towards ensuring peace and security in the country. In a statement on Friday night, the military through its spokesperson, John Agim, a general, accused the global human right organisation of propagating “falsehood” through its 2017/2018…

Amnesty International accuses Nigerian security forces of widespread abuses

In 2017, Nigerian security forces carried out widespread human rights abuses such as extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, mass detention in sub-human facilities, attacks on the media and journalists, violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, and forced evictions, Amnesty International said in its 2017/2018 Human Rights report released on Thursday. The report…

Corrupt Nigerians behind attack on incorruptible Buhari – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has said that corrupt Nigerians are those behind the attack on President Muhammadu Buhari, whom the group described as incorruptible. Citing the example of South Africa, where it’s former president, Jacob Zuma was forced to resign from office after corruption charges were filed against him,…

INTERVIEW: What our Igbo and Yoruba services will do for Nigeria — BBC 

Last August, the BBC launched its Pidgin English Service as part of a new three-language expansion for Nigeria and the West and Central Africa region.  On Monday, the British broadcaster will launch the Igbo and Yoruba Service, the two other languages on the project.  PREMIUM TIMES' Nicholas Ibekwe spoke to…

UK declares Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy church insolvent

The United Kingdom branch of Christ Embassy, owned by popular Nigerian televangelist, Chris Oyakhilome, is broke and has been declared insolvent by the Charity Commission, the agency that regulates charity organisations in the country. The ministry also admitted in its belated 2015 financial Statement (the church’s last annual return, which…

Wole Soyinka

Soyinka advocates creation of volunteer groups to tackle armed herdsmen

A Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called for the creation of volunteer groups in states of the federation to monitor the activities of armed herdsmen. Mr. Soyinka made the call during a press-briefing in Lagos, which he titled: “Nomads and Nation: Valentine Card or Valedictory Rites.” Mr. Soyinka said since…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Wole Soyinka (Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo)

Buhari under a trance – Soyinka

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as being under a trance. Mr. Soyinka, who expressed frustration about what he described as the unforced errors of the Buhari administration, made the comment at a press briefing on the increasing agitation across the country following attacks by armed…

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…

Shell-and-Eni

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…

EFCC Operatives used to illustrate the story.

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…