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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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…

Nse Ekpenyong

Nigerian federal lawmaker arraigned for certificate ‘forgery’

A member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, was on Thursday arraigned at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged forgery of a polytechnic diploma. Mr. Ekpenyong represents the Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, which arraigned the federal…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu [Photo: Channels TV]

Magu’s case will test Nigerians’ resolve on corruption – Former Akwa Ibom governor

A former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, has weighed in on the Senate’s rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, saying that it was now left for the country to take a stand either for or against corruption. The senate,…

3rd Mainland Bridge [Photo: The Trent]

Top 10 Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“Nigeria is not structured for development, it's structured for sharing resources.” -          Bolaji Ogunseye, a development expert, speaking on the problem with the Nigerian economy (Source: Channels Television) “People don’t seem to know the love and emotional attachment we have for the army uniform. I can’t exchange it for any…

Fresh demolition at Otodo-Gbame

Top 10 Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“There is a perception that our government has been captured by a shadowy public service/PDP cabal such that we have won elections but the country is still run largely by these elements that are hostile to you and to us all.” -          Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, said…

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali arriving the Nigerian Senate

Wearing Customs uniform will ‘belittle’ Hameed Ali’s army achievement — Retired General

David Jemibewon, a retired major general and former governor of defunct Western State, has weighed in on the ongoing faceoff between the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service and the Senate. Hameed Ali, a retired colonel, has not been seen in Customs uniform since he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigerian govt pledges to review cases of citizens punished for exposing corruption

Against the uproar that followed the recent sack of a whistle-blower by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the federal government has promised to look into cases of Nigerians who got punished for helping to expose corruption. Ntia Thompson, an assistant director in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, was sacked for exposing…

El Rufai and Buhari [Photo: Pulse.ng]

Take charge now, Nigeria, APC are plunging, El-Rufai tells Buhari

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, in a rare memo to Muhammadu Buhari, has told the Nigerian President how bad the nation was faring under his watch, how the president’s policies, actions and in-actions have contributed to the nation’s woes, and what could be done to steer Nigeria back…

Senator Nelson Effiong

PDP sues Senator for defecting to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has made good its threat to sue a serving senator, Nelson Effiong, for defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The case, which came up Thursday for mention at the federal high court, Abuja, has the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as a co-defendant. Mr.…

Nigerian Army

‎Nigerian army detains six soldiers for allegedly brutalising woman

A fresh case of soldiers’ brutality against a female Nigerian citizen is being investigated, the Nigerian army has said. Six soldiers, the army said, are currently in detention over the incident. This is the third time such incident would be occurring within a month. The victim whose name was given…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Top 10 quotable quotes of last week

“We are working with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra. They are part of Nigeria and Nigeria has to remain as the only country.” -          France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys…

ExxonMobil Nigeria Headquarters

EXCLUSIVE: Why we can’t relocate from Lagos to Akwa Ibom – ExxonMobil

The American oil giant, ExxonMobil, has explained why it cannot move its head office in Nigeria, from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State where the company produces oil. The demands for International Oil Companies, IOCs, in Nigeria to relocate their head offices from Lagos to the Niger Delta region resurfaced recently…

Samuel Ogbemudia

Buhari, Atiku, others mourn Ogbemudia

President Muhammadu Buhari has described late Samuel Ogbemudia as an elder statesman who “diligently served the country with courage and dedication at crucial moments in her history”. The Edo state government, meanwhile, has declared seven days of mourning in honour of the late Mr. Ogbemudia. Mr. Ogbemudia, a former‎ governor…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo lashes out at Nigeria’s elites stealing from masses

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has lashed out at Nigeria’s elites, blaming them for the woes of the nation. Mr. Osinbajo spoke on Monday in Benin City, Edo State. He was in the state to continue his tour of oil-producing states in the country. “The elites everywhere, and not just in…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Protesters disrupt Osinbajo’s meeting with oil communities in Edo

Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo's meeting on Monday with the Edo State government and the oil producing communities in the state was temporarily disrupted by some protesters. The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, broke into the venue of the meeting at the Samuel Ogbemudia College (formerly the New…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria to engage oil companies on relocation of head offices to Niger Delta

Nigeria’s acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday directed the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, “to engage” with International Oil Companies “on the way forward” over repeated calls for the relocation of their head offices to the states where they produce oil from. Most of the IOCs in Nigeria…

Vampire Henry Chibueze [Photo Credit: NAN]

Kidnap kingpin ‘Vampire’ killed over 200 people – Police

The Nigerian police have provided more information on the activities of the late kidnap and armed robbery kingpin, Henry Chibueze, otherwise known as “Vampire”. Mr. Chibueze was reportedly killed around 1 a.m on Thursday in Omu Awa forest in Ikwere Local Government Area, Rivers State, during a gun battle with…

FILE PHOTO: Acting President Osinbajo speaking at the Niger Delta town-hall stakeholder's meeting in Rivers State. 13th Feb 2017. Photo: Novo Isioro.

Security agencies meet PDP, APC over Osinbajo’s visit to Akwa Ibom

Security agencies in Akwa Ibom State, Wednesday, held a meeting with the two main political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to discuss the planned visit of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to the state. Mr. Osinbajo will be arriving Uyo, the state capital, on Thursday for a…

Nigeria_Rivers_State_map

Nigerian Senate probes carbon emission in Rivers

The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committees on Environment, Petroleum and Downstream to visit the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt, and assess the level of air pollution in the city. Residents of the city and its environs have been living under the threat of air pollution since black carbon took…

Bassey Akpan

Court sacks Nigerian Senator, demands refund of all emoluments

A federal high court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sacked the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial district, Bassey Akpan, from the Nigerian Senate. The court in a judgment delivered on Monday ruled that Bassey Etim ( also known as BAFIL), and not Mr. Akpan, was the authentic candidate…

Nigerian Soldiers
[Photo Credit: Olisa TV]

Nigerian Army jails another soldier for molesting civilian

A Nigerian soldier has been jailed for molesting a civilian, the army has said. Suleiman Olamilekan, a private with 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is to spend 28 days in prison with hard labour for beating up a woman, one Ebere Ohakwe. The convicted soldier, Mr. Olamilekan, is…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Police release shocking names of 21 cult groups operating in Akwa Ibom

The police have identified 21 cult groups operating in different parts of Akwa Ibom State. The new Commissioner of Police in the state, Don Awunah, said this on Wednesday during his maiden press briefing at the Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia. Mr. Awunah gave the names of the cult group…

Akwa Ibom on the Nigerian map

Judge tells journalists to obtain permission before covering court proceedings

A judge in Akwa Ibom State has said that journalists must first apply for permission before covering the proceedings in his court. Emmanuel Archibong, a chief magistrate in Uyo, the capital of the oil-rich state, made the comment, Tuesday, when the police arraigned three indigenes of the state – Enobong…

Emmanuel Ukoette

Another federal lawmaker defects to APC

Emmanuel Ukoette, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Ukoette, who represents Oruk Anam/Ukanafun Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, won election to the House under the platform of the PDP. The federal lawmaker announced…