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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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Nigerian Soldiers
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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…

Annkio Briggs

Rivers women will protect Wike, Ann-Kio Briggs says

The alleged withdrawal of the security details of the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, by the police featured prominently during the town hall meeting Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had with the people of the state on Monday. Mr. Osinbajo is touring the Niger Delta region of the country to…

Jimoh Ibrahim and Ali Modu Sheriff [Photo credit: Leaders NG]

Justice Abang, Ali Sheriff, Kashamu, other winners in PDP Appeal Court ruling

It was one seat that was hotly contested, within and outside the courtroom, by two men who wouldn’t give up or shift ground. A temporary conclusion was reached on Friday as the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, recognised Ali Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

John AkpanUdoedehe

How APC crisis started in Akwa Ibom – BoT member

A former military administrator of Rivers State, Sam Ewang, says the crisis within the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State is traceable to John Udoedehe. Mr. Udoedehe, a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, recently expelled from the party, is fighting back against the APC…

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

Why Appeal Court validated Sheriff as PDP National Chairman

The Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Thursday, declared Ali Sheriff the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Mr. Sheriff had gone to the Appeal Court to challenge the judgment of Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, delivered on July 4, 2016, which upheld…

Ali Modu Sheriff

PDP Crisis: Makarfi’s faction blames APC for Sheriff’s victory, heads to Supreme Court

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party has said it would appeal Friday’s Appeal Court judgement declaring Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic national chairman. It also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of manipulating the victory in favour of Mr. Sheriff. The faction stated this through the…

Omoyele Sowore

Stop harassing SaharaReporters publisher, APC chief tells police

The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, has asked the Nigerian police to stop further harassment of the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore. Mr. Sowore has been to the police station in Lagos twice after he was reportedly assaulted on January 9 by one…

U.S. President, Donald Trump
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White House confirms Trump’s conversation with Buhari

The White House has confirmed that the American President, Donald Trump, spoke on telephone with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. The Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told journalists during a press briefing, Tuesday, in the White House, that the two leaders had a telephone conversation on Monday. “Before I get into…

University of Uyo

Armed robbers invade University of Uyo

Students at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who went for a night class to read for their examinations, had a nightmarish experience at the hands of armed robbers who invaded their reading hall, the CBN auditorium, at the Town Campus, Ikpa Road, Sunday night. Following the event, the…

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio

Akpabio used “fetish oath” to extract loyalty from politicians , ex-minister alleges

A former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, John Udoedehe, has alleged that the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, administered fetish oath to politicians in the state to extract absolute loyalty from them during his administration. Mr. Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial…

Protesters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom administers new recruitment test to sacked 5,000 teachers

The Akwa Ibom State government on Saturday administered a fresh test to the 5,000 teachers that were sacked under controversial circumstances by the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel. Mr. Emmanuel had said the teachers’ recruitment, hurriedly done in the last days of the previous administration of Godswill Akpabio, was infiltrated…

Rivers State Toxic Smog [Photo Credit:Twitter]

Rivers toxic emission: Govt. seals off Chinese company, two others

The Rivers State government on Saturday announced the sealing off of Chinese Govt Company, CGC, in Aluu, over “aggravated air pollution, and breach of environmental laws” in the state. Two other companies – H & H Engineering Company and AUC Asphalt Company – located in Aluu have also been sealed…

John AkpanUdoedehe

APC expels former Minister

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State, says it remains resolute in its expulsion of a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, John Udoedehe, from the party. Mr. Udoedehe, who is also a former senator, has been in a longstanding feud with other party leaders…

Nigerian family demand probe for woman's death

Building collapse: Akwa Ibom govt to pull down multi-million Naira Redeemed Church

The Akwa Ibom State government is set to pull down a multi-million naira church building belonging to the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Uyo, the state capital. The area in which the church is built is prone to landslide, the government says. The building is located along the…

Soldiers molesting physically challenged man in Anambra

Nigerian Army arrests two soldiers for molesting physically challenged man

The Nigerian army says it has arrested two of its officers seen in a video clip molesting a physically challenged man for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt. The video clip which went viral on the internet shows two unidentified soldiers whipping a crippled man, while people who had gathered around…

Onofiok Luke, Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

Defaulting on campaign promise is corruption – Akwa Ibom Speaker

The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has advised the anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria to consider prosecuting elected politicians who abandon their campaign promises after their election. Mr. Luke, who is a lawyer, said the failure by politicians and the political parties to fulfill campaign promises…

Pump action rifles

Arms Importation: Fugitive Nigeria Customs officials turn selves in

Three senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service declared wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country have turned themselves in. Two officers, I. Abdulahi, an assistant superintendent of customs, and Odiba Inah, with service number 133386, were declared wanted by the service on January 31 over…

James Ibori

I wasn’t deported to Nigeria – Ibori

A former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who arrived Nigeria on Saturday after his release from a London prison, has said he was not deported from the United Kingdom. Mr. Ibori said he left the UK “voluntarily”. There have been reports on social media that the ex-convict was deported…

Protesters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Uyo residents finally join anti-government protest

After the initial failure in the morning to join other Nigerian cities in the peaceful protest, residents of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, later held a protest march in the afternoon against the federal government. Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt were some of the cities that the protest took place. Concerned…

Ibom Plaza, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where the protest was scheduled to hold.

Why anti-government protest couldn’t hold in Akwa Ibom – Organisers

The much talked-about anti-federal government protest scheduled for today in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, did not take place, after all. The planned protest, initiated originally by the popular Nigerian singer, Tuface, went on in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt, despite Tuface backing out of it. Throughout Monday morning, till 11.30a.m,…

Patrick Ugbe_CEO Hit FM, Calabar2

Nigerian govt yet to understand the role of media —Broadcaster

For Nigeria to have a thriving media that could aid democracy and good governance, the government needs to have a proper understanding of the role of the media in the society, the CEO of Hit 95.9 FM, Calabar, Cross River state, Patrick Ugbe, has said. Mr. Ugbe, who is a…

Nigeria Police Force

Police fault judge’s call to strip it of power to prosecute criminal cases

The Nigeria police have faulted the call that it should be stripped of the power to prosecute criminal cases. The Chief Judge of Delta State, Marshall Umukoro, said on Tuesday that the police have the challenge of lack of technical know-how to handle the job of prosecutors. “Some police prosecutors…