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:

Nigeria is 7th most terrorised country in world- Gobal Index

Only Somalia is ranked worse than Nigeria in Africa. (more…)

Group asks Editors’ Guild to punish Abati for spreading falsehood

The group accused Mr. Abati of misinforming the public. (more…)

Holy Tweets: Pope Benedict joins Twitter

The Pope is only following his own other accounts on Twitter. (more…)

US citizens lost N7.56 billion to Nigerian fraudsters in 2011

“The most vulnerable Americans are between the ages of 40 and 59 while women are three times more likely to be scammed than men.” (more…)

Prosecuting Lagos Speaker, top priority for EFCC -spokesperson

There are allegations that the ACN attempted to bribe the judge presiding over the case. (more…)

Nigeria is most fraudulent country in Africa – KPMG

The value and number of fraud cases decreased between 2011 and 2012. (more…)

Billions spent by UK on Nigerian education yield no results

The United Kingdom pumps money to Nigeria’s education system (more…)

Women’s right group sues FG over Jombo-Ofo

The group said the Federal Character law violates women’s rights (more…)

Lagos makes laws that it can’t, won’t enforce

 Lagos has many laws and directives that it seems unable to enforce. (more…)

Power-drunk Lagos police commissioner orders reporter out of press briefing

For reporting how policemen indiscriminately shot at the residents of a house in Ikota, Lagos, while responding to a distress call, Lagos Police Commissioner, Umar Manko, on Tuesday ordered a reporter with The Punch newspapers, Kunle Falayi, out of the Police command headquarters. Mr. Falayi was at the police headquarters…

Greed and individualism, bane of Nigeria’s progress- Pius Adesanmi

Greed and selfishness have caused Nigeria’s woes. (more…)

Malabu N155bn scandal: UK group seeks tougher EU action on Shell, ENI

Shell and ENI claim they did not know the money was going to Mr. Etete’s Malabu. (more…)

Aviation Minister denies marginalising Northern Nigeria

The minister explained that airlines are at liberty to maximise bilateral agreements. (more…)

Corruption impedes disbursement of relief materials to flood victims- Groups

Corruption and bureaucratic bottleneck stops flood victims from assessing relief material and funds. (more…)

Okada riders used to illustrate the story.

Okada riders protest killing of colleague by cop in Lagos

Nov. 6 (PREMIUM TIMES) - The already edgy relationship between commercial motorcycle riders, commonly called Okada, and the Lagos State Government further took a dive on Tuesday as the motorcyclists, went on a rampage in the Ilupeju and Magodo areas of the state over the alleged killing of one of…

Nigerian army lacks basic training and discipline

Nigerian army is unfit to lead military onslaught to oust Islamist fighters in Mali. (more…)

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…)

Okada riders used to illustrate the story.

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…)