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Cletus Ukpong, an assistant editor, covers the South-South region of Nigeria for Premium Times. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He can be reached through @CletusUkpong (Twitter); www.facebook.com/cukpong; and www.linkedin.com/in/cletus-ukpong-9309a036.

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Former Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah. [Photo credit: Daily POst]

Akwa Ibom Assembly asks Gov Emmanuel to name airport after Attah

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday passed a motion, urging the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to name the Ibom International Airport after the second civilian governor of the state, Victor Attah, says a statement from the spokesperson to the speaker, Kufre Okon. Mr Attah will be 80…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Akwa Ibom Assembly sacks four more lawmakers who defected from PDP to APC

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday sacked four more lawmakers who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The speaker, Onofiok Luke, announced their sack during plenary, according to a statement from the spokesperson of the speaker, Kufre Okon. The affected…

APC youth protesting at the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly

APC youth protest at Akwa Ibom Assembly over lawmaker’s sack

A crowd of youth, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday morning, protested at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly over the sacking of a lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The protesters carried placards calling on…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Champion Newspapers Limited]

2019: Akwa Ibom student group endorses Buhari, Ekere

The National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election. The group made known its endorsement of Mr Buhari during an event on Saturday in Uyo to mark the International Students’ Day. The group, which praised Mr Buhari for his administration’s anti-corruption…

Tonye Cole

Gunmen opened fire on us – Rivers APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Tony Cole, says gunmen opened fire on his team while they were going about consulting people for the forthcoming election in the state. Mr Cole said on Twitter, Saturday, the incident happened at Old Bakana on Friday. “Tragedy…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Akwa Ibom Assembly bars sacked lawmaker from attending sitting

The speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has received the court judgment sacking a state lawmaker who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the House of Assembly has said. The sacked lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, represented the Itu state constituency. Mr…

Hon Idongesit Ituen

Court sacks lawmaker who defected from PDP to APC

A federal high court in Uyo on Wednesday declared vacant the seat of a lawmaker in Akwa Ibom State who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The affected lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, represented Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.…

Cross River state

You can’t have Igbo king in Cross River – Traditional rulers

Traditional rulers in Cross River State cautioned the Igbos resident in the state against creating the position of Eze Ndi Igbo (the king of the Igbos) in the state, as that would amount to “creating a kingdom where they are not empowered by the law to do so.” The traditional…

Cross River state

Cross River’s Superhighway: It’ll take over 100 years to recover construction cost – BudgIT

It will take over 100 years to recover the construction cost of the proposed 275-kilometre superhighway in Cross River if the state government goes ahead with the project, a civil society organisation in Nigeria, BudgIT, has said. The superhighway, designed to cut across at least 16 local government areas, is…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Why work is yet to begin on Cross River’s superhighway three years after groundbreaking – Official

Work is yet to commence on the much talked about 275-kilometre superhighway in Cross River State, three years after the groundbreaking. The superhighway, designed to cut across at least 16 local government areas, is one of the signature projects of the administration of Governor Ben Ayade. The initial length was…

Nnimmo Bassey

Nigerian govt should apologise for Saro-Wiwa’s killing – Environmentalist

A renowned environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has said the controversy over the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa still remains unresolved, 23 years after the environmental activist and Ogoni leader, together with eight of his kinsmen, was executed by Sani Abacha-led military administration on November 10, 1995. “His death remains a matter…

Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa 23 years after brutal killing by Nigerian govt

It is exactly 23 years today since Ken Saro-Wiwa, a playwright, environmental activist and Ogoni leader was brutally executed. He was executed on November 10, 1995, by the Nigerian government under the leadership of the then military dictator, Sani Abacha. Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight of his kinsmen, who became popularly…

Benin City Airport

Landing equipment stolen at Nigerian airport

An equipment meant to aid the take-off and landing of aircraft has been stolen at the Benin Airport, Edo State, South-South Nigeria, the state government said. “The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the theft of part of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) being installed at the Benin Airport,”…

Mr Chikezie Omeje

Nigerian journalist wins 2018 African fact-checking award

A Nigerian journalist, Chikezie Omeje, has won the 2018 African fact-checking award. Mr Omeje, a senior investigative and data reporter with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Abuja, was announced as the winner of the award on Tuesday at the African Investigative Journalism Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr Omeje’s…

Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Photo Credit: Ghafla!)

Why undercover journalism is essential in Africa – Ghanaian journalist Anas

Renown Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has defended his style of journalism as "the most appropriate" for African countries facing institutional challenges and plagued by corruption. Mr Anas, who was addressing participants at the 13th African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, said his…

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You can’t use Buhari to intimidate us, Akwa Ibom speaker tells APC

The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has given an insight into what transpired at the police headquarters, Abuja, when he and members of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s campaign team were invited last week for questioning by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Mr Luke and others,…

Udom Emmanuel

Another aide to Akwa Ibom governor resigns

Another aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel has resigned his appointment with the Akwa Ibom State Government. The aide, Anthony Usoro, a senior special assistant to the governor on demographic planning, resigned on October 25. He did not state his reason for leaving the government. Mr Usoro, in his resignation letter,…

Wit Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Premium Times journalists, others to speak as African Investigative Journalism Conference starts

The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) is set to begin on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. The three-day conference, which is in its 13th edition, is expected to attract participants, mainly journalists and journalism teachers, from various African countries and beyond. The conference is organised by the Wit Journalism, University…

Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom may slide into political violence, CLO warns

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has cautioned that Akwa Ibom State may descend into political violence if politicians and their supporters in the state continue to engage in hate speeches and violent acts ahead of the 2019 general elections. “As a responsible civil society organisation, the CLO is committed to…

Billboard Controversy: Police IG invites Akwa Ibom governor’s campaign team for questioning – Official

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has reportedly invited the officials of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s campaign team to Abuja for questioning because of squabble over campaign billboard in the state. The Commissioner for Information in the state, Charles Udoh, informed PREMIUM TIMES of the development in a message he…

Governor Emmanuel’s aide resigns, leaves PDP

Idorenyin Esikot, a special assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on small and medium scale entrepreneur, has resigned his appointment with the Akwa Ibom state government. Mr Esikot resigned in September, he told PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday. He is one of six aides that have so far left the administration, ahead of…

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. [Photo credit: Qed.ng]

2019: Why APC may not have governorship, other candidates in Rivers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) may end up not having candidates for the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives, and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State in 2019, going by the Supreme Court ruling and other pending legal hurdles before the party. The Supreme Court ruling on Monday invalidated the…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

Edo Assembly elects ex-speaker, Justin Okonoboh, as deputy speaker

The Edo State House of Assembly has elected its former speaker, Justin Okonoboh, as deputy speaker at a chaotic session Monday morning. The Majority Leader of the assembly, Roland Asoro, told PREMIUM TIMES, at 1:35 p.m. on Monday that Mr Okonoboh was elected to replace the removed deputy speaker, Victor…

Atiku Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Sun Nigeria]

2019: ‘Conduct yourself respectfully,’ Atiku tells supporters

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has advised Nigerians campaigning for him to do so “respectfully”. “For everyone who supports me, I ask you to conduct yourself respectfully, even with people who do not agree with you,” Mr Abubakar said on Twitter on Sunday, using…

Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom govt, APC bicker over Buhari

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has accused the state government of planning to mobilise the youth to embark on a street protest against President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government. But the state government has, however, denied the existence of such plan. The state chairman of…