cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong is PREMIUM TIMES' assistant editor in charge of Nigeria's South-South region. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Twitter: @CletusUkpong

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RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Hushpuppi]

Hushpuppi: What has happened to him in America so far

A suspected Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, is spending his fifth day at the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago. Mr Abbas, 37, who was resident in Dubai, was known for living an extravagant lifestyle and flaunting it on social media. He was arrested recently in Dubai,…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, has always claimed his state is COVID-19 free

NCDC confirms five cases of coronavirus in Cross River

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday confirmed five cases of coronavirus in Cross River State. Cross River, before now, was the only Nigerian state without any confirmed case of the coronavirus. The five cases are apparently the ones reported earlier in the state by the University of…

RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” aka “Hush,”

Hushpuppi says his story should give ‘hope’ to Nigerians

A suspected Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has said his “story” should inspire and give hope to Nigerians who are “suffering” because of widespread hunger and poverty. Mr Abbas made the assertion in a video which surfaced on social media, after he was arrested recently in…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda speaks of ‘cruel grief’ after father’s death

Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has said that the death of her dad has profoundly changed her life and that “grief is a cruel kind of education”. James Adichie, an emeritus professor of Statistics and Mathematics, University of Nigeria Nsukka, passed on June 10 in Anambra after battling a brief illness.…

RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi, arrested by Dubai Police

Hushpuppi arraigned in U.S., faces 20 years in prison if convicted

A suspected Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, could get a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison if convicted, the U.S. government has said. Mr Abbas, 37, who was resident in Dubai, was known for living an extravagant lifestyle and flaunting it on social media.…

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is consulting stakeholders on other measures to halt Covid-19

Edo 2020: I won’t support Obaseki – PDP chieftain

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua, has said he would not support the second term ambition of the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki. Mr Afegbua was the PDP spokesperson in the 2019 presidential election. Mr Obaseki, who fought a protracted political battle with his…

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook Page of Ben Ayade]

Five COVID-19 cases reported in Cross River – Official

Five cases of coronavirus have been reported in Cross River State by the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). Five samples sent for from the hospital for testing returned positive for COVID-19, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Ikpeme Ikpeme, said on Friday in an internal memo to the…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.[PHOTO CREDIT: @MrUdomEmmanuel]

COVID-19: Akwa Ibom lifts ban on weddings, burials

The Akwa Ibom State government has lifted the ban on weddings and burials in the state which it imposed in March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The state governor, Udom Emmanuel, who announced the lifting of the ban on Thursday, however, said people who wish to organise funeral…

U.S. President Donald Trump [Photo: USA Today]

Iran issues arrest warrant on U.S. President Trump

Iran has issued a warrant of arrest on the United State President Donald Trump over the assassination of a top Iranian general, Aljazeera has reported. The general, Qassem Soleimani was killed alongside other Iranian and Iraqi leaders in Iraq, January, in a US drone strike ordered by Mr Trump. The…

APC Secretariat

Dissolution of APC NWC violates members’ rights to fair hearing – Lawyers

The dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have violated the party’s constitution, as Mr Oshiomhole and others were not given fair hearing before their sack, lawyers have said. President Muhammadu Buhari during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the…

Former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

ANALYSIS: Edo 2020: Higher stake for Oshiomhole, as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu battle again

Adams Oshiomhole, the erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is definitely not a happy man right now. But his woes could be compounded by September if he does not achieve this one thing – get his 'new' ally, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win the Edo governorship election. Mr…

NEC Meeting

APC Crisis: Buhari moves to break the ranks of stubborn NWC members

After his controversial dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari is making moves to break the ranks of the sacked NWC members who have rejected the president’s action. The Hilliard Eta-led 18 members of the NWC, in a statement on…

A pastor, Nnamso Friday Jacob arrested for rape in Akwa Ibom

Pastor arrested for allegedly raping 16-year-old girl inside church

A 35-year-old pastor in Akwa Ibom State has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a16-year-old girl inside his church. The police said Nnamso Friday Jacob, otherwise known as ‘Major Prophet Honesty Jesus,’ drugged the girl before he raped her. The incident reportedly occurred on June 23 at Mr…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Amaechi speaks on APC crisis

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has reacted to the crisis in his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying that he is unaware of what is going on in the party. The ruling party was thrown into a leadership crisis after the Court of Appeal upheld the suspension of its…

Femi Fani-Kayode

“It’s over for Tinubu,” Fani-Kayode says, after Buhari backed Giadom APC faction

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode said Bola Tinubu’s dominance in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come to an end after President Muhammadu Buhari declared that he was backing Victor Giadom as the acting National Chairman of the party. Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, is…

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

APC NWC rejects Buhari’s support for Giadom as acting national chairman

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s endorsement of Victor Giadom as the acting National Chairman of the party. Mr Buhari in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday afternoon, said he would attend the APC National Executive Committee…

Nigeria Police Force

Rape: Police arrest pastor for housing eight teenage girls, allegedly raping one

A pastor has been arrested in Akwa Ibom State for keeping eight teenage girls in a so-called deliverance centre and allegedly raping one of them said to be 15 years old, the police have said. The police said the girls are between the ages of 13 and 16. The pastor,…

Victor Giadom

APC crisis: Sacked Deputy National Secretary Giadom ‘Convenes’ APC NEC Meeting

Victor Giadom, the sacked deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has issued a notice for the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC. However, a top official of the party said on Tuesday night that Mr Giadom was an impostor and should be disregarded by Nigerians.…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Edo 2020: We’ll obey court orders on party primaries – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would obey court orders on party primaries for both the Edo and the Ondo governorship election. There have been various court orders and counter-orders regarding the governorship primary in both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Edo 2020: Wike says he’s no longer interested in helping Obaseki secure PDP ticket

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said he would no longer be part of the effort to get Governor Godwin Obaseki secure the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state. The party is holding its primary in Edo on Thursday. Some…

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom govt seals Christ Embassy Church

The Akwa Ibom State government said it has sealed off the headquarters of the popular pentecostal church, Christ Embassy, in Uyo. The Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the church's pastors and members “attacked and brutalised” COVID-19 monitoring team who were at the church on Sunday…

Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon

Edo 2020: Obaseki should step down for me – PDP aspirant

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Edo State, Kenneth Imasuagbon, has insisted he would not step down for Governor Godwin Obaseki in the forthcoming primary in the state. Mr Obaseki resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) a few days ago and joined the PDP after he was…

VIDEO: ‘We need rope!’ Health workers drag suspected COVID-19 patient

A video of four men struggling to drag a Nigerian man into an ambulance, apparently for a COVID-19 test or treatment, is being circulated on Facebook. It is unclear where and when the video was shot. “I think we need a rope,” one of the unidentified men said in the…

Former Governor Adams Oshiomole

ANALYSIS: APC Crisis: Tinubu/Oshiomhole, Amaechi fight for control with Edo as battleground

It is clear by now that Adams Oshiomhole’s suspension may not put Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the path to peace. Many Nigerians, rightly or wrongly, see Mr Oshiomhole as a major obstacle to stability in APC, even though the party's crisis appears deep-rooted and beyond…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, has always claimed his state is COVID-19 free

Cross River lawmaker dies in COVID-19 isolation centre – Official

A member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Godwin Akwaji, died on Thursday at the COVID-19 isolation centre in the state. The speaker of the assembly, Eteng Jonas-Williams, who confirmed Mr Akwaji’s passing to PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday night, said the lawmaker “was moved into the isolation centre today…