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 

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CBN makes history, becomes first govt agency to ‘partially’ answer FOI request

The Nigerian Central Bank did not respond to all the requests. (more…)


Halliburton bribe: Paris court sentences Technip executives for bribing Nigerian officials

No bribe recipient has been jailed in Nigeria. (more…)

Tussle over Newswatch: Jimoh Ibrahim loses round one

Controversial businessman and Publisher of the National Mirror Newspapers, Jimoh Ibrahim, had his bid to stop a suit challenging his acquisition of Newswatch by two minority shareholders of the magazine rejected by a Federal High Court in Lagos. The plaintiffs, Nuhu Aruwa and Jibril Aminu, accused Mr. Ibrahim of fraudulent…

Update: Shell to pay damages for oil spill in Niger Delta- Dutch Court

The Ogoni farmers blame shell for polluting their environment rendering it useless for farming and other production. (more…)

Discovery of‪ illegal meth labs in Lagos worries Fashola

The growing discovery of illegal methamphetamine production plants in Lagos is giving the Lagos State Government and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, serious concern. NDLEA has discovered five such laboratories in the last two years with four of them located in Lagos. The laboratories were located in Monkey…

Breaking News: Dutch Court orders Shell to pay Nigeria farmers damages for spill

In a landmark verdict, a Dutch court, Wednesday morning, ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, a subsidiary of the global petroleum company, Shell, to pay damages in just one of the five cases brought against it by Niger Delta farmers at the Hague. The court dismissed four other cases brought…

Osun creates 18,000 jobs through youth employment scheme

The Osun State Government has created 18,000 permanent jobs through the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES, Rauf Aregbesola, the state governor, said on Tuesday. In a well-attended ceremony at the Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps in Ede to mark the disengagement of the first batch of…

Osun says it created 18,000 jobs through youth employment scheme

The Osun State government has created 18,000 permanent jobs through the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES),Governor  Rauf Aregbesola revealed on Tuesday. In a well-attended ceremony at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ede, to mark the disengagement of the first batch of the OYES after a two-year  community service, the governor…

Nigerians react angrily to the N250,000.00 fine for director who stole N33bn

On Monday, an Abuja Federal High Court judge, Abubakar Talba, sentenced a director of the Police Pension Board, John Yakubu Yusuf, who confessed to stealing N33 billion, to 2 years in jail with the option of paying a fine of N250,000.00. [View the story "Nigerians react angrily to the N250,000.00…

EFCC re-arrests convicted, freed pension boss

Mr. Yusuf was re-arrested on Tuesday.  (more…)

El-Rufai atrracts anger for re-tweeting Jesus joke

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, attracted anger from Christians on Twitter on Sunday for re-tweeting a Joke about Jesus that was intended to be a criticism of the Jonathan's insensitivity to criticism of his administration's policies. [View the story "El-Rufia atrracts anger for re-tweeting Jesus joke" on…

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Nigerian soldiers left in Bamako; Chad, Burkina Faso, others moved to battle front

More than a week after they arrived Mali as part of an African-led force to help fight Islamist insurgents in the north of the country, Nigerian soldiers are still stuck in the capital, Bamako, and have not been assigned any combat role, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. The seeming redundancy of…


Group asks EFCC to investigate NCC over N53bn ‘spectrum fraud’

CSNAC mentioned various allegations of financial impropriety against the NCC. (more…)

U.S. military to allow female soldiers in combat units

Out-going United State Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, has announced a ground-breaking decision that could see female members of the military take up combat roles, including potential posting to elite Special Forces. Current U.S. military policy forbids women soldiers from serving in commando units whose purpose is to kill; such…

Keyamo goes solo, may prosecute Farouk Lawal over $620,000 Otedola bribe

Keyamo’s ultimatum to the Nigerian police to prosecute Mr. Lawan lapsed. (more…)

Lagos has no information management strategy after gag on officials

Lagos government placed barred public official from speaking to the press. (more…)

Nigeria receding to repressive state- Global Report

The Freedom House report was published on Thursday. (more…)

Enugu Governor, Chime, discharged from London Hospital; whereabouts still unknown

Contrary to announcement by a civil society organisation, Save Enugu Group, SEG, that it has traced missing Enugu Governor, Sullivan Chime, to a London hospital, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed that the governor is no longer at the hospital and his whereabouts remain unknown. Maxi Okwu, the convener of…

Keyamo gives Nigeria police one week ultimatum to prosecute Farouk Lawan

The ranks of people calling for the immediate prosecution of a member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, for corruption is growing by the day as activist lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has asked the police to charge the lawmaker to court or be made to do so. Mr. Lawan is…

Group criticises ECOWAS for slow response to Mali crisis

The West African Civil Society Forum, WACSOF, has decried the “laxity of the international community” to the urgent need for the deployment of military force to stop the advancement the Islamist insurgents in Mali. WACSOF, in a statement on Tuesday, said the failure to follow through on a United Nations…

Defence Minister faints during Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration

The Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, scared participants at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja on Tuesday as she slumped midway into the celebration. There are conflicting reports about why she collapsed. One account says that the minister was taken by surprise by the sounds of…

Prosecute Farouk Lawan now- Falana

Mr. Lawan is a member of the Nigerian lower parliament. (more…)

Friends celebrate Nigeria Guardian’s Jahman at 50

A month-long celebration is planned for the Nigerian Art Journalist. (more…)

Asaba High Court jails two women for smuggling petroleum products

A Federal High Court in Asaba has sentenced two women, Helen Itemba and Aladi Johnny Money, to three years in jail for conspiracy and illegally dealing in petroleum products. The judge, Ibrahim Buba, gave the women the option of serving the jail term or pay N300,000 fine. The women, who…

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Breaking News: Petroleum vessel on fire in Lagos

The vessel is currently on fire in the Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos. A vessel (ship) carrying petroleum product exploded and is burning at the Tincan Island Port of Lagos. The vessel is believed to belong to MRS petroleum. Businesses in the area, particularly affected buildings, have closed shop to avoid…