cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong covers Nigeria’s South South region for PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with several years of experience in journalism practice. His areas of interest include politics, environment, oil and gas, women, youths, and child development. You can follow him on Twitter @CletusUkpong

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University of Uyo

UNIUYO professor to speak on influence of Nigerian economy on journalism practice

Nkereuwem Udokah, a lecturer in the department of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, will be speaking on how the Nigerian political economy affects journalism practice in the country. Mr. Udoakah, a renowned professor of Political Communication and Media Studies, was head of communication arts department in the…

Rev. Richard Peters, Pastor in the African Church, Akwa Ibom State

Pastor wants critics of Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel, ‘stoned to death’

A pastor in Akwa Ibom State, Richard Peters, is advocating for capital punishment against critics of Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of the state. “Any destructive criticism to any government is satanic,” Mr. Peters, a pastor with the African Church, wrote on Facebook. “And such person should be stoned to death.”…

Nigerian Army Headquarters

Nigeria’s political elites hid behind military to steal billions of dollars – Report

A new report has highlighted how Nigeria’s political elites for years hid under the cover of the country’s military to steal billions of dollars that would have been channeled into improving the living conditions of the citizens. Corrupt officials over the years exploited the excessive secrecy of the country’s defence…

Pictures of Ivorian Soldiers [Photo: TVC News]

Obasanjo urges soldiers in Cote d’Ivoire to end mutiny

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged soldiers in Cote d’Ivoire to end their mutiny and return to the barrack. Mr. Obasanjo, in a statement issued on Tuesday evening, also asked the Ivorian government to “speedily” attend to the soldiers’ complaints. The mutiny, which has lasted for five days now,…

East-West Road [Photo: Gitto Group]

After paying about N6 billion to contractors, Nigerian govt to terminate abandoned projects

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has concluded arrangements to terminate about six abandoned projects spread across the region with a view to enhance the development of the region. The contractors handling the six projects have been paid about N6 billion of the N22 billion cost since the contracts were…

U.S. President, Donald Trump

Journalist arrested in U.S for asking government official question

An American journalist was arrested Tuesday in West Virginia, U.S. for asking a government official question, the Washington Post has reported. Dan Heyman, said to be a veteran reporter with the Public News Service, was reportedly pulled aside by a security officer, handcuffed and arrested for persistently asking the Health…

Mr. Godwin Udoaka allegedly shot by a soldier

Nigerian soldier shoots civil servant in public

Doctors at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, Akwa Ibom State, are battling to save the life of a man who was shot in the face by a soldier in Uyo. The shooting, which has left residents of the city in shock, occurred on Wednesday around 12.45 p.m. at…

Some of the 82 released Chibok schoolgirls during the presentation of drugs to them by the Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the Directorate of State Service Hospital, in Abuja on Monday (8/5/17).

82 Chibok Girls: Why we helped Nigeria negotiate with Boko Haram – Switzerland govt

Switzerland has given an insight into why it was part of the negotiation that led to the release of the 82 Chibok girls abducted three years ago by the terror group, Boko Haram. According to a news report published on Tuesday by a UK newspaper, IBTimes UK, the Swiss government…

Senator Shehu Sani [Photo credit: Instagram]

Chibok girls, Boko Haram swap deal ‘best decision’ — Senator

Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani, has defended the swap of newly released 82 Chibok school girls for Boko Haram fighters as being the “best decision”. Mixed reactions have continued to trail the announcement by the Nigerian government that the girls were exchanged for some Boko Haram “suspects” held by the government.  …

Money recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers Ikoyi

Amaechi wants Wike prosecuted for “false” claim on N13 billion Ikoyi money

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has asked the federal government to prosecute the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for making “unsubstantiated” claims on the over N13 billion uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos State. The discovery of the huge…

82 rescued Chibok schoolgirls

Amnesty, #BringBackOurGirls, Dogara, others react to release of 82 Chibok girls

The Amnesty International has described as “big relief”, the news of the release of 82 Chibok girls who were held captive by Boko Haram. The group, however, called on the Nigerian government to respect the privacy of the girls. “The government should respect their privacy and ensure that the released…

president-muhammadu-buhari-with-21-chibok-girls

Buhari confirms Nigerian govt swapped 82 Chibok girls for Boko Haram “suspects”

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the latest release of 82 Chibok girls that were held captive by Boko Haram. The president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement in the early hours of Sunday that the girls were exchanged for some Boko Haram “suspects” held by the government. He did…

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari yields to Niger Delta, orders opening of Maritime University

President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the Nigerian Maritime University, Delta State, be opened for activities before the end of the year “is in line with the demands championed by major stakeholders” in the Niger Delta region of the country, the presidency has said. The directive comes a day after the…

Dr. Edet Akpan, associate professor of mathematics, University of Uyo

Victory at last: Nigeria university lecturer reinstated 14 years after unjust dismissal

After a protracted legal battle, justice finally came the way of Edet Akpan, an associate professor of mathematics, whose appointment with the University of Uyo, Uniuyo, was terminated in 2004 for raising questions over the way the university was being run. Mr. Akpan was reinstated after he won his case…

The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit:www.npf.gov.ng]

Police arrest local government chairman over attempt to “kill” Senator Dino Malaye

The Nigerian police on Saturday paraded six suspects allegedly responsible for the attempted assassination of Dino Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West. Among those paraded at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, was Taofiq Isah, 54, the Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Council of Kogi State, whom the police said was the…

ExxonMobil Nigeria Headquarters

Activist urges Akwa Ibom to take Mobil to court over headquarters location

A U.S.-based environment activist, Tom Mbeke-Ekanem, has urged the Akwa Ibom State government to consider filing a case in court to compel Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited to move its headquarters from Lagos to Akwa Ibom where the company produces oil. Mr. Mbeke-Ekanem, a Nigerian citizen from Akwa Ibom, is the…

Pastor Timothy Omotoso being whisked away by South African police

How South African police arrested Nigerian pastor accused of sex offences

It was a dramatic scene at a South African airport on Thursday when the country’s police swooped on a Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso, accused of sexually molesting girls in his congregation. Mr. Omotoso, who is based in Durban, South Africa, was arraigned in court on Friday and was denied bail.…

The venue where several football fans watching a Europa League semi-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht were allegedly electrocuted in Nyakasang, Atimbo area of Calabar on Thursday (21/4/17) night. 
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Nigeria Police confirm seven die of electrocution while watching Manchester United play

The police in Cross River State have confirmed that at least seven people were electrocuted on Thursday at a viewing centre in Calabar where they had gone to watch the Europa League match between Manchester United of England and Anderlecht of Belgium. The incident, said to have occurred at about…

Niger Delta Militants

Two Nigerian soldiers killed, three injured by “heavily armed sea robbers”

Two soldiers were killed in Rivers State on Wednesday after they responded to a distress call by “heavily armed sea robbers,” the Army has said. Abubakar Abdullahi, a spokesperson for the Army, confirmed the incident in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES. “Our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat Cawthorne Channel…

Nse Ekpenyong

PDP reacts to arraignment of its federal lawmaker for forgery

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the arraignment of a member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, for alleged forgery of a polytechnic diploma certificate. Mr. Ekpenyong, who represents the Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, is a member of the PDP. He was brought before a…

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Senator mocks Zamfara governor, says, “If sin caused meningitis, most politicians will get it”

A Nigerian senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has mocked the governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, for saying that the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in the country was God’s way of punishing the people for their sins. Three hundred and thirty-six people have so far died of meningitis across Nigeria since…

Femi Falana
[Photo credits: Newsbreakers]

Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of Last Week

“I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on (the) allegation of non-Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate…. I did not import any vehicle, I did not ask anybody to act on my behalf. The vehicle is not my personal car.”…

The suspects

Nigerian chief ‘impersonates’ National Security Adviser in fake oil deal — Police

The Nigerian police, Thursday, paraded four men in Abuja said to belong to a notorious syndicate that specialised in impersonating high profile public officers in order to swindle unsuspecting members of the public. Police said they recovered from the suspects, 14 mobile telephone handsets, with SIM cards registered with the…

Nse Ekpenyong

Nigerian lawmaker accused of certificate forgery sent to prison

Nse Ekpenyong, a member of the House of Representatives, who was charged to court earlier Thursday in Uyo for alleged certificate forgery, has been remanded in Uyo Prisons for failing to fulfil the bail conditions. Mr. Ekpenyong, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, represents Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom ready to meet ExxonMobil’s condition for relocation – Governor

The Akwa Ibom State government has responded to ExxonMobil’s explanation on why it cannot relocate its head office in Nigeria, from Lagos to Akwa Ibom where it drills oil. The company had said in a correspondence exclusively published by PREMIUM TIMES that “Mobil has three businesses in Nigeria which are…