Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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    Enter the daredevil journalist

Enter the daredevil journalist

Our paths crossed in 2014. I was about to set up TheCable online newspaper. The biggest challenge was getting a good editor to take charge. Having practised journalism for over two decades, I wanted to take the back seat and concentrate my energies on other businesses. But unable to get a suitable candidate, I began to panic. I virtually gave [...]

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    Fisayo Soyombo on longlist for global award over undercover prison story

Fisayo Soyombo on longlist for global award over undercover prison story

'Fisayo Soyombo, a former editor of TheCable, has been shortlisted for the International Journalist of the Year award organised by the One World Media (OWM). Soyombo made the list through his undercover investigation on Nigeria's criminal justice system. In a three-part series published on TheCable, Soyombo highlighted the rot in the system. He spent two weeks in detention — five days in a [...]

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    Fisayo Soyombo donates N500k journalism prize to fight for release of awaiting-trial inmates

Fisayo Soyombo donates N500k journalism prize to fight for release of awaiting-trial inmates

Fisayo Soyombo, an undercover journalist, says he will be donating the N500,000 attached to the People Journalism Prize for Africa 2019 (PJPA) to help in the release of inmates awaiting trial.  Soyombo and Kiki Mordi of BBC had been announced as co-winners of the prize for their undercover investigation exposing bribery and impunity in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, and investigation on sex for grades in some [...]

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    Law student wins 4th ‘Fisayo Soyombo inter-varsity essay contest

Law student wins 4th ‘Fisayo Soyombo inter-varsity essay contest

Habeebulah Asudemade, a 400 level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan (UI), has won the fourth edition of the annual ‘Fisayo Soyombo Inter-University Essay Contest organised by the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ), UI. Asudemade beat more than 170 applicants, half of whom were students of universities other than UI, to clinch the first prize of N200,000 and [...]

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    ‘We’ll look into this immediately’ — minister reacts to TheCable investigation on ‘Yaba Left’

‘We’ll look into this immediately’ — minister reacts to TheCable investigation on ‘Yaba Left’

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says the decrepit state of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos will be investigated. Ehanire made this known via Twitter, on Wednesday. This comes after an investigation by Fisayo Soyombo, an undercover journalist, exposing the rot in the neuropsychiatric hospital. "This will be looked into immediately," he tweeted. https://twitter.com/OsagieEhanire/status/1219900733820227586?s=20 Soyombo went undercover as a patient of the neuropsychiatric hospital to [...]

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    Fisayo Soyombo, Kiki Mordi win $3,000 Journalism Prize

Fisayo Soyombo, Kiki Mordi win $3,000 Journalism Prize

Undercover journalists Fisayo Soyombo and Kiki Mordi have emerged winners of the People Journalism Prize for Africa 2019 (PJPA). The prize is a $3000 (N1,000,000) endowment from Gatefield, a sub-saharan Africa public strategy firm. Adewunmi Emoruwa, lead strategist at Gatefield, announced this in a statement on Monday. Soyombo, a former editor of TheCable, won the prize with his three-part investigation exposing bribery and impunity [...]

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    Finally, Aregbesola commends undercover investigation on Ikoyi prisons

Finally, Aregbesola commends undercover investigation on Ikoyi prisons

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, has commended an undercover investigation which exposed the rot in the Nigerian prison establishment. Fisayo Soyombo, undercover journalist and former editor of TheCable, had undertaken an investigation exposing bribery and impunity in Nigeria's criminal justice system. The journalist spent two weeks in detention — five days in a police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi prison — [...]

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    Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

In March 2018, a federal high court in Abuja sentenced Charles Okah to life imprisonment for masterminding the Independence Day bombings in the federal capital territory (FCT) in 2010. From Kuje prison, where he was detained in Abuja, he was transferred to the maximum security prison in Maiduguri, Borno state. While in prison, he documented the shocking things happening in the facility. In [...]

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    Keeping Fisayo safe: The battle between truth and bureaucracy

Keeping Fisayo safe: The battle between truth and bureaucracy

BY GBENGA OLONINIRAN In what appears more like revolution in the sphere of journalism, the defying and groundbreaking works of journalists are radically shaping the mainstream media today than ever before. From Kiki Mordi of BBC #SexForGrades, to Agba Jalingo's publication, to veteran investigative journalist Omoyele Sowore's many revelations and actions, to Jones Abiri, and now Fisayo Soyombo's undercover investigation, the [...]

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    Soyombo: Journalists as endangered species

Soyombo: Journalists as endangered species

BY SIKIRU AKINOLA I first thought it was a joke until Fisayo Soyombo confirmed it himself. “It's true. I'm in hiding,” he had said when asked to confirm if it was true that Nigeria's security agencies were hunting for him. If anything happens to Soyombo, we are to be blamed for it! Thought it is an after-thought, the statement by the [...]

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    ‘Bail for sale’: CSO asks n’assembly to probe police

‘Bail for sale’: CSO asks n’assembly to probe police

Due Process Advocates Foundation (DPA), a civil society organisation (CSO), has asked the national assembly to investigate the police over alleged abuse of their prosecutorial powers. The call for the probe is coming after TheCable reported about bribery at Pedro police station in Lagos state. In a statement on Thursday, Ifeanyi Calistus, DPA information director, said the report highlights "some institutional failures [...]

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    VIDEO: ‘Abacha Loot should have been dedicated to health sector’

VIDEO: ‘Abacha Loot should have been dedicated to health sector’

Sahara Reporters, an online news website, has released a documentary titled 'Abacha Loot And the Chronicles Of Corruption in Nigeria'. The documentary talks about the controversy surrounding the repatriation of stolen funds under the regime of late Sani Abacha, most especially the looting of billions of dollars. Abacha was military president from 1993 to 1998. The documentary features Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara [...]

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    TheCable’s Soyombo wins grand prize at Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting

TheCable’s Soyombo wins grand prize at Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting

'Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, was on Friday night named the Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year after winning two of the three prizes available in the Online category of the 2016 Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting. At the awards ceremony, which held at NECA House, Ikeja, Soyombo was first named second runner-up in the Online category, for his story, UNDERCOVER [...]

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    Soyombo, editor of TheCable, wins African Media Initiative award in Nairobi

Soyombo, editor of TheCable, wins African Media Initiative award in Nairobi

'Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, on Thursday night emerged one of the winners of the Zimeo Excellence in Journalism Awards organised by the African Media Initiative, in Nairobi, Kenya. Soyombo, who could not make it to Nairobi due to last-minute travel hitches, won the Maritime Economy category, for his story: UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s ‘Customs of corruption, bribery and forgery’ published by TheCable on December 31, [...]

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    Akogwu, Channels TV journalist murdered by Boko Haram in 2012, ‘resurfaces’ in Holland

Akogwu, Channels TV journalist murdered by Boko Haram in 2012, ‘resurfaces’ in Holland

The name 'Enenche Akogwu'  may not ring a bell in the Nigerian media landscape — he was only 31 in 2012 when Boko Haram gunned him down in Kano. But he remains a hero. On January 20, 2012, Boko Haram launched a series of attacks on Kano state. The Farm Centre Police Station was affected as well, by a bomb blast that [...]

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    TheCable’s Soyombo wins Free Press award in The Netherlands

TheCable’s Soyombo wins Free Press award in The Netherlands

'Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, has emerged winner of the Newcomer of the Year category of the 2016 Free Press awards, which held in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday night. At the awards, held annually on November 2 — the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists — Soyombo was named winner, ahead of Zimbabwean Tafadzwa Ufumeli and Albanian Mechman Huseynov, for [...]

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