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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Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Wike to Federal Govt: Why give Lagos N10 billion for COVID-19, and nothing to Rivers?

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has criticised the federal government for giving a N10 billion grant to Lagos State to fight the novel coronavirus while “abandoning” other states of the federation. The confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Nigeria stood at 232 as of Sunday evening. Lagos has 120, which…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom clerics, residents ignore lockdown order

Church service was held in several churches across Akwa Ibom on Sunday in defiance of the state government's order prohibiting public gathering. The directive was issued last Thursday to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many residents were seen on Sunday walking about or congregating in the streets of…

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Police demote officer for assaulting medical doctor

The Nigerian police have demoted an officer in Akwa Ibom for assaulting a medical doctor. Daniel Edet, who is a surgeon with the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, was on his way to work on Friday evening when he was stopped by a police sergeant, Edidiong Alexander, who was on…

University of Uyo Teaching Hospital

Health workers ‘running away’ from Akwa Ibom hospital because of COVID-19

Health workers at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) in Akwa Ibom State are said to be running away from their duty posts because of the novel coronavirus. The UUTH is a leading tertiary health facility in the state. The five confirmed cases of coronavirus in Akwa Ibom are…

ARMY: Nigerian Soldiers (Army) on duty. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian]

Nigerian Army arrests soldiers who threatened to rape women

Two soldiers captured on viral video threatening to rape women in Delta State have been arrested, the Nigerian Army has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported how two soldiers in the 26-second video claimed that a soldier was killed on Thursday by residents of Warri, Delta State. The soldiers said in the…

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Police investigate video of suspected soldiers threatening to rape women

The police in Delta said they are investigating a video which captured some persons suspected to be Nigerian soldiers threatening to rape women in Delta State, South-South Nigeria. A 28-year-old man, Joseph Pessu, was killed in Warri, Delta State, on Thursday, during a violent clash between some residents of the…

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel

COVID-19: Akwa Ibom cases mostly healthcare professionals – Gov Emmanuel

In what appeared to be a tacit acceptance of the announcement by the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said that confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state are mostly healthcare professionals. Mr Emmanuel said the affected persons have been moved to the…

Nigerian Soldiers

One killed as soldiers clash with residents while enforcing coronavirus lockdown

One person was killed Thursday in Warri, Delta State, South-South Nigeria, during a clash between angry youth and soldiers enforcing the stay-at-home order in the state because of the coronavirus. The Delta State government has identified the slain youth as Joseph Pessu, said to be 28 years old. Information surrounding…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom questions NCDC’s announcements, demands second tests

The Akwa Ibom government appears to be contesting the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s announcement of cases of the novel coronavirus in the state. The government has demanded a "reconfirmation" of the the announced cases, according to a statement released Thursday. The NCDC on Wednesday said there were five…

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

188,352 people recover from Coronavirus

About 188, 352 people have so far recovered globally from the novel coronavirus, according to data published by Worldometers, a website dedicated to providing real-time statistics on the infection around the world. The figure, which is updated every millisecond, was obtained from the website by 5:18 p.m. on April 1.…

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

Coronavirus: Over 188,000 people have so far recovered globally

One hundred and eighty-eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-two people have so far recovered globally from the novel coronavirus, according to data published by Worldometers, a website providing real time statistics on the infection around the world. The figure, which is updated every minutes or even in milliseconds, was obtained…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom bans public gathering, bars vehicles from other states

The Akwa Ibom state government has banned all forms of public gathering, including burials and weddings, as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus. The government has also barred people in other Nigerian states from entering the state through the land, air, or water. The restriction was signed into law…

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war.

South Africans to be tested at home for Covid-19 – President Ramaphosa

South Africans will soon be having health officials walk into their homes to test them for COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. It is four days since South Africa declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown. A South African newspaper, Times Live, quoted Mr Ramaphosa as saying, “In the coming days, government…

Festus Keyamo

Covid-19: Minister urges MTN, Glo, Airtel, others to give freebies to Nigerians

The Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has appealed to MTN, Airtel, Glo and other telecommunication companies to consider giving out free airtime and data to Nigerians, as the nation continues to battle the novel coronavirus. He also appealed to Dstv and Star Times to offer Nigerians…

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Coronavirus: Returnee Nigerian allegedly assaults health workers for asking him to self-isolate

A Nigerian man who returned to the country from London has allegedly assaulted some health workers who insisted he must observe self-isolation as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus. The man had not yet been tested to confirm if he was positive or not for the virus, as at…

The Police Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

IG orders investigation into destruction of beer bottles by police officers

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, has directed the police in Lagos to immediately investigate some police officers captured in a video destroying beer bottles at a drinking spot. The one-minute video, which has been trending on Twitter since Thursday, showed uniformed police officers kicking and pulling down stacks…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Coronavirus: Rivers refuses to open borders for NLNG, Total E&P, others

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the state government has declined a request to open its borders for Nigeria LNG Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, International Breweries PLC, Oilserve Limited, and Nigerian Gas Company. Mr Wike disclosed this on Thursday in a statewide broadcast to update residents of the…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

PDP chieftain rejects governor’s appointment

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River, Yibala Inyang, has rejected his appointment as a special assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on agriculture. Mr Inyang’s appointment, which was among the many made recently by the governor, would have been restricted to Yakurr Local Government Area where…

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Coronavirus: Delta closes borders, orders residents to stay indoors

Delta State, South-south Nigeria, has announced the closure of its borders with other states from Sunday, March 29, as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus. There is no suspected or confirmed case of the virus in the state. The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, made the announcement in a statewide…

Late Godwin Okade

COVID-19: Akwa Ibom student drowns, as parents fume over university ‘refusal’ to shutdown

Parents of students at Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden, Mkpat Enin, have accused the authorities of the school of negligence and refusal to close down the school as ordered by the federal government over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The parents’ criticism of the university authorities coincided with…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Coronavirus: Wike announces complete lockdown of Rivers

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday announced the closure of land and sea borders in the state and a ban on vehicles entering or leaving the state. The state is now on a complete lockdown as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus. A case of the virus was, however,…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom closes its borders, asks workers to stay at home

Except for the transportation of food items, Akwa Ibom State government has announced the closure of its borders with other states as one of its preventive measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. There is no suspected or confirmed case of the virus in the state. The state government…

Mrs Uche Nnamoko was been mocked for wearing a face mask to prevent her from coronavirus

Coronavirus: Woman says she was taunted in Aba market for wearing face mask

A Nigerian woman said she was taunted by traders inside a market in Aba, Abia state, South-East Nigeria, for wearing a face mask. Some people mockingly called her coronavirus, she said. Uche Nnamoko, who is into business development in Uyo, told PREMIUM TIMES she travelled to Ariaria market in Aba…

Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: FDA]

Coronavirus: How Nigerians can tackle boredom, depression during lockdown – Psychologist

A psychology lecturer in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Iboro Ottu, has urged the Nigerian parents to provide leadership for their family as the nation continues to battle the novel coronavirus. Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria have so far risen to 46 by Wednesday morning. Mr…

Nigerian musician, Naira Marley. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of Naira Marley]

Twitter users attack Naira Marley over comment on coronavirus

Nigerian musician, Naira Marley, is facing criticism on Twitter for posting a comment on the social media site, viewed as an attempt to cast doubt on the existence of the novel coronavirus. “Retweet if u don’t believe in CoronaVirus,” Marley, whose real name is Azeez Fashola, said in a Twitter…