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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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Bakassi Peninsula: Nigerian senator accuses Cameroon of violating Greentree Agreement

A Nigerian Senator, Rose Oko, has accused the Cameroonian government of refusing to keep to the terms of the GreenTree Agreement between both countries, with respect to the treatment of the Nigerian citizens living in the former Bakassi peninsula. The lawmaker, representing Cross River North Senatorial District during plenary on Tuesday invoked…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor bows to opposition, dissolves state electoral commission

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has dissolved the board of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission, AKISIEC. Mr. Emmanuel, who announced the dissolution of the board in a letter to the State House of Assembly, also asked the House to approve his new nominees for the…

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Uduaghan was a failure as Delta governor, Pat Utomi insists

Pat Utomi, a professor of economics, has accused the former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, of leaving behind a legacy of mismanagement and wastage in the state after his eight years administration. “Undoubtedly, he knows that only few Deltans speak well of him and it is his pain to…

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Bayelsa governor proceeds on vacation, appoints deputy as acting governor

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has gone on vacation. Mr. Dickson’s vacation started on Monday, July 24, according to a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson. The statement was, however, silent on how the vacation would be. The Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha John-Jonah, is to act for…

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African lawmakers pledge to tackle modern slavery

Some federal lawmakers from Nigeria, together with their counterparts from other African countries, have pledged to tackle modern slavery and related issues like human trafficking, forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation. The lawmakers promised to combat modern slavery through the reviewing and strengthening of the existing anti-slavery legislation; campaigning to…

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Ex-Biafran commander, Ogbonnaya Oji, is dead

Ogbonnaya Oji, a retired colonel in the Nigerian army, is dead. Mr. Orji, from Oboro in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, died on June 20, three weeks after the death of his wife, Christiana, according to information made available to PREMIUM TIMES by his nephew, Ahaoma Kanu, a…

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I pray for Biafran agitation to collapse in 2019 – Methodist Church Prelate

The Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Uche, has condemned the agitation for the break-up of the country, saying that those championing it were being sponsored by selfish politicians. "All these campaigns that the Igbo must leave a section of the country or that Biafra must be, they…

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Bakassi people ‘discover new island but Nigerian govt foot-dragging’ — Leader

A leader of the Bakassi community has accused the Nigerian government of failing to relocate residents of the peninsula to a new island he said was recently discovered. The paramount ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River State, Etim Edet, said the government was “foot-dragging” on the matter. He…

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Nigerian army orders troops to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, within 40 days

The Nigerian Army has given its troops an ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, handed down the order on Friday to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Ibrahim Attahiru, according to a statement issued by the…

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Police arrest suspected human traffickers in Bayelsa

Two persons have been arrested in Bayelsa State for alleged involvement in human trafficking, the police have said. The police spokesperson in the state, Asinim Butswat, said Wednesday that Erica Wolo, a 24-year-old woman, and Patrick John, a 19-year-old man, were arrested for being members of a syndicate that trafficked…

Akwa State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Halilu,

Police react to bank ‘robbery’ in Akwa Ibom

The report that two banks in Akwa Ibom State have been raided by armed robbers has been dismissed as false by the police. Diamond Bank and UBA Bank, located along Abak Road, Uyo, were said to have come under heavy gunfire on Tuesday afternoon, according to reports circulating on Facebook.…

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APC makes U-turn, says it is now willing to participate in Akwa Ibom council elections

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has made a U-turn on its earlier decision not to participate in the local government election in Akwa Ibom State which is scheduled for November 11. “APC has not boycotted nor withdrawn from the election,” the state branch of the party said in a press…

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Police commissioner moved from Akwa Ibom after six months in office

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Don Awunah, has been transferred from the state barely seven months after assuming office. Mr. Awunah, the 21st commissioner of police in the state, took over from his predecessor, Muritala Mani, in January. The police spokesperson in the state, Ikechukwu Chukwu, confirmed…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Why I don’t use new bullet-proof vehicle – Governor Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday said the reason why he is not using a bullet-proof car was because of paucity of funds in the state. He said his administration was cutting down on the cost of governance in alignment with economic realities in Nigeria. “I am the…

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APC withdraws from local election in Akwa Ibom

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State has announced its withdrawal from the local government election in the state. The election is scheduled for November 11. The APC said in a press statement issued on Thursday by its spokesperson, Edet Bassey, that there was “absolute lack of trust…

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Police arrest 23 persons over Akwa Ibom cult killings

Twenty-three persons have been arrested in Ukanafun Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, for cult-related violence and killing, the police have said. The police said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested on July 9 through a sting operation carried out by its Special Operation Unit.…

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JUST IN: School vice principal shot dead

Gunmen have killed a vice principal of a community school in Nkek village, Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The police spokesperson in the state, Ikechukwu Chukwu, who confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, said the principal was shot dead in the school premises on Wednesday morning. Mr. Chukwu said…

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

Governor Obaseki assigns portfolios to commissioners

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has assigned portfolios to 18 commissioners he inaugurated recently. Mr. Obaseki made this known to the commissioners, Tuesday, during the maiden executive council meeting in Lagos where they have been on a retreat. The commissioners and their ministries are as follows: Yekini Idaiye, Energy…

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Ex-Senator appeals ruling to pay N100, 000 for slapping newspaper vendor

A former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Anietie Okon, has filed an appeal against a court judgment which ordered him to pay N100, 000 to a newspaper vendor whom he allegedly assaulted in the state. The newspaper vendor, Ndifreke Etim, had accused Mr. Okon of slapping him in September 2015…

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Ex-police officer arraigned for raping nine-year-old girl

A retired deputy superintendent of police, Christopher Archibong, was on Thursday remanded in the prison custody in Calabar, Cross River State, after his arraignment in a magistrate court for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl. Apart from being a retired police officer, Mr. Archibong is also a pastor and the general…

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Nigerian students on govt scholarship stranded in UK

A Nigerian student, who is on the Niger Delta Development Commission-funded scholarship in the United Kingdom, has given an insight into the harrowing experience she and other Nigerians are going through in the United Kingdom because of the alleged refusal of the NDDC to remit funds to them. Maryleen Ndubuaku,…

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Decomposing body of ex-magistrate found in car boot

The decomposing body of a retired chief magistrate has been found inside the boot of her car in Akwa Ibom State. Magdalene Umoetuk, who retired from the Akwa Ibom judiciary service, was missing for three days before neighbours discovered her body on June 22 when they noticed flies hovering around…

The scene of the car crash along Aka-Nung Udoe Road, Ibesikpo-Asutan, Akwa Ibom State [Photo credit: Aniefiok Ekwere]

One dead, three injured in ghastly accident allegedly caused by Akwa Ibom officials

One person – a woman in her 30s – was killed on Friday in a car crash in Ibesikpo-Asutan, Akwa Ibom State. The crash happened along Aka-Nung Udoe Road, around Owot Uta Village, at about 12:45 p.m. Three passengers were seriously injured. The woman who died on the spot was identified as Awanabasi…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Gov. Emmanuel denounces Kogi electorate for attempt to recall ‘performing’ Melaye

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Thursday, spoke against the recall process initiated against Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West. Mr. Emmanuel said it was only in Nigeria that you would see people wanting to recall a “performing” senator like Mr. Melaye. The governor was speaking in Ikot…

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Obaseki swears in 18 Edo commissioners

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday inaugurated 18 commissioners to constitute the Edo State Executive Council. The commissioners are Yekini Idaiye, Ohonbamu Paul, E. Agbale, Emmanuel Usoh, Magdalene Ohenhen, and Amiolemen Osahon. Others are Joseph Ughioke‎, Mika Amonokha, Mariam Abubakar, ‎ Osagie Inegbedion‎, Erimona Oye‎, Yinka Omoregbe‎, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, Monday Osaigbovo,…