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.

Posts by Nicholas Ibekwe:

London Metropolitan Police denies arresting Oyo governor’s wife

The London police said it never arrested Mrs. Ajimobi. (more…)

Ripple effect of Hurricane Sandy may hit Lagos

The State Government says it wants residents to be prepared (more…)

Nigerian jailed for 20yrs for human trafficking, rape in UK

Osezua Osolase was also found guilty of sleeping with minors. (more…)

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Okada riders protest in Lagos, damage government vehicles

The motorcyclist insist the Lagos traffic law is unfair to them. (more…)


Ajegunle struggles against notorious armed robbery gang

Hundreds of members of the gang have now been arrested. (more…)

Lagos Police arrests another 91 crime suspects in Ajegunle

The police said more raids will be conducted in Ajegunle (more…)

Lagos among 25 most innovative cities in the world

Lagos may soon overtake Johannesburg as Africa’s business hub, the organisation said. (more…)

Floods: Sad tale from affected states- ERA/FoEN

The destruction caused by the recent floods in various parts of the country will take years to re-build (more…)

Police, GTBank to pay journalist N100m for brutalisation

The News Magazine reporter was beaten to a pulp by police men assigned to GTbank. (more…)

Presidency blames Jonathan’s independence anniversary lie on newspaper article

In an attempt to salvage President Goodluck Jonathan’s integrity after a PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that the president lied on a claim he made in his independence anniversary broadcast to the nation, the Federal Government on Tuesday said the president‘s claim was based on “notorious facts” provided in a newspaper…

Teachers strike grounds Lagos schools

Teachers in Lagos State made good their threat to ground academic activities in public schools as they commenced an indefinite strike on Monday. Pupils resuming for studies after the long holiday were asked to return home by school administrators, as many teachers did not show up for work.   Total…

Nigeria won’t develop by relying on Natural resources- UK Parliament

A UK parliamentary report states that the Nigerian government has failed to invest in its people. (more…)

Arik Air accuses Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, of corruption

The Airline says it is suffering because it bruised the ego of the aviation minister when it refused to accede to ‘personal interest’ requests. (more…)

Arik Air

FAAN distances self from Arik suspension

The aviation authority released an ambiguous statement absolving self from the Arik problems. (more…)

Arik Air

Arik Air shut, passengers stranded

Nigeria's largest local carrier, Arik Air, Thursday morning announced it is suspending all its domestic operations indefinitely following "persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management.” However, the airline's claim of suspending operations voluntarily contradicted earlier unofficial reports that it was shut by…

Shell agrees to pay N3 billion over its involvement in the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa, others

In what is clearly a landmark settlement, multinational oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, on Tuesday agreed to pay a settlement of $15.5 Million (N3 billion) over the killing of novelist and environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight other Ogoni leaders. Mr. Saro-Wiwa was sentenced to death by hanging by a…