Journalist Profile

Theophilus Abbah

Theophilus Abbah, Nigeria, is editor of the newspaper Sunday Trust, based in Abuja.

Abbah began as an international affairs reporter with the newspaper Punch Limited in Lagos. As chief of the investigative desk for Media Trust Limited, his work exposed a move by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to set up radio and television companies using proxies; showed fraud in the National Judicial Institute; and documented the misuse of debt relief funds.

Abbah is a past winner of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters Editor’s Courage Award, and a finalist in 2012 Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism Award in the print category, for his story about rich Nigerians who owned companies that engaged in fuel subsidy fraud.

He is a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Network of Investigative Journalists in Nigeria.

He was part of the investigative team for “Pirates, social Bandits and Tycoons,” a finalist for the Daniel Pearl Award.

Abbah is a board member of FAIR, and a founding member of Network of Investigative Journalists in Nigeria (NIJN). He is also the author of Lost in the Wind, a fictional novel based on his coverage of sectarian violence in Nigeria.

Abbah's investigative stories, which are being published in Sunday Trust, can be read on his blog: www.theoabbah.blog.com.

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