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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Police declare three teenage girls missing in Akwa Ibom

The police in Akwa Ibom have declared three teenage girls missing in the state. A police statement on Friday gave the names of the missing girls as Andinofiok Isaiah Jimmy, 17; Esther Michael Okon, 12; and Margaret Etim Asuquo, 17. The statement signed by the acting police spokesperson in the…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

Detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, won’t “bow to force”

Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, who is charged with treason after criticising the state governor, has vowed not to “bow to force”. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22 over a report alleging that the governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor loses father

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has lost his father, Gabriel Nkanang. A message posted on Whatsapp group by Mr Emmanuel’s aide, Aniekeme Finbarr, said the late Mr Nkanang died on Sunday. He was 90 years. Gabriel Nkanang, the eldest son of the late Mr Nkanang, has been authorised…

Edo State House of Assembly

Edo House of Assembly ‘sacks’ 12 lawmakers-elect

The political crisis in the Edo state has degenerated further with the state House of Assembly declaring vacant the seats of 12 lawmakers-elect yet to be inaugurated. All the 24 state legislators in Edo are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The deputy speaker of the assembly, Yekini…

Cattle on farm [Photo: View Point Nigeria]

Three herders arrested for allegedly killing Akwa Ibom farmer

Three herdsmen have been arrested in Akwa Ibom for the alleged murder of a local farmer in the state. The herdsmen on November 30 allegedly stabbed the farmer, Peter Asuquo, to death near a residential estate, Shelter Afrique, Uyo, according to a police statement on Tuesday. The statement, signed by…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom govt keeps mum on banker’s detention over ‘annoying’ Facebook posts

The Akwa Ibom government is yet to make any public comment on the arrest and detention of a 21-year-old banker, Michael Itok. Mr Itok was accused of publishing “damaging and annoying” materials against Governor Udom Emmanuel on Facebook. PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday, reported how Mr Itok, a marketer with Prudential Microfinance…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

APC governors want Oshiomhole out – State Chairman

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua, has said that governors elected under the APC platform do not have sympathy for the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. “The governors don’t have sympathy for him, but somehow, they do not want to be…

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Senator condemns anti-social media, hate speech bills in ‘strongest terms’

Akon Eyakenyi, a senator from Akwa Ibom State, has declared her stand against the controversial social media regulation and anti-hate speech bills in Nigeria. Mrs Eyakenyi (PDP/Akwa Ibom South) said in a statement on Wednesday that if the two controversial bills – Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill and Internet Falsehood…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

We will not attend ’emergency’ meeting with Oshiomhole – Edo APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has rejected an emergency caucus meeting called by the South-South region of the party. The meeting, scheduled to take place this Thursday in Abuja, is convened by the APC national vice chairman, South-South, Hilliard Eta. The national chairman of the party, Adams…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

APC invites feuding Oshiomhole, Obaseki to “emergency” meeting

The All Progressives Congress (APC), South-South zone, has invited the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, to an emergency caucus meeting scheduled for this Thursday in Abuja. The deputy governor of Edo, Philip Shuaibu, has also been invited to the meeting. Seventy-three persons…

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Flouting of employment laws responsible for increased kidnapping in Akwa Ibom – Lawmaker

Akwa Ibom lawmaker, Aniekan Uko, has said that the frequent kidnapping of construction workers in the state may have been caused by “flagrant flouting of the extant laws and regulations applicable to (the) employment of indigenes by these companies.” Mr Uko, a Peoples Democratic Party member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State…

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Bank official remanded in prison over “annoying” Facebook posts against Nigerian governor

A bank official in Nigeria has been remanded in prison for allegedly publishing “damaging and annoying” articles on Facebook against a state governor. The bank official, Michael Itok, was on Tuesday arraigned before a magistrate court in Uyo, by the State Security Service, SSS. He was accused of writing numerous…

Prof. Egodi Uchendu, convener of Nigeria's conference on witchcraft

How Nigeria can gain from ‘witchcraft’ conference – Organisers

The organisers of the controversial conference on witchcraft have explained the reasons behind the conference and how Nigeria could gain from it. The two-day conference began on Tuesday at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu, South-East Nigeria, despite the initial protest and threats from Christian communities within and outside…

Witchcraft’ conference kicks off in Nigeria, despite opposition from Christians

A controversial conference on witchcraft began on Tuesday at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu, South-East Nigeria, despite opposition from Christian communities within and outside the university. Enugu state is predominantly Christian. Witchcraft, including anything associated with it, is regarded as satanic by the majority of the people in…

Senator Bassey Albert

Senator pledges to “express” constituents’ criticism against social media bill

Amidst growing opposition to the social media regulation bill, a Nigerian senator has pledged to his constituents that he would present to the Senate their criticisms against the bill. The senator, Bassey Albert (PDP/Akwa Ibom North-East), wrote on Facebook, Saturday, “Let me assure our people that I have through my…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

Court restrains Oshiomhole’s faction from removing APC state chairman

A Benin High Court on Friday restrained a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State from removing from office, the APC chairman in the state, Anselm Ojezua. The political fight between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has led to a…

After Appeal Court judgements, PDP asks lawmakers to reach out to opponents

After a string of victory at the court, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom has appealed to its members in the State House of Assembly to reach out to people who contested the election against them “for the good of the state”. “Akwa Ibom people have been very…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Despite violence, result manipulation, other irregularities, Oshiomhole says Bayelsa election ‘truly transparent and peaceful’

Despite the violence that characterised the Bayelsa governorship election, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described the election as “truly transparent and peaceful." Mr Oshiomhole made the remark on Monday when he spoke with reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He told reporters…

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Wife of detained critic of Gov. Ayade seeks Buhari’s intervention

The wife of Joseph Odok, a Nigerian lawyer and critic of the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in her husband’s terrorism trial. Mr Odok was arrested by the police on September 26 in Abuja and taken to Calabar where he was charged…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

Court rejects police application to withdraw terrorism charges against Nigerian lawyer

The Federal High Court, Calabar, has rejected an application by the Nigerian police to withdraw terrorism charges against Joseph Odok, a Nigerian lawyer and an avowed critic of the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade. Dennis Tarhemba, a deputy superintendent of police and the prosecution counsel, in a motion filed before…

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Herders killed more Nigerians in 2018 than Boko Haram – Report

Attacks from herders killed more Nigerians in 2018, compared to the number of deaths caused by Boko Haram in the country, according to 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI). The GTI report released on Wednesday ranked Nigeria, for the fifth consecutive time, since 2015, as the third country with the worst…

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

Gov. Dickson appoints 32 permanent secretaries four months to end of tenure

The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has appointed a new head for the state civil service. Mr Dickson has also appointed 32 new permanent secretaries “to fill existing vacancies in the civil service,” a statement said. The new acting head of service, Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama, is said to be the most…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Gov Dickson claims he visited Jonathan 16 times before Bayelsa election

The Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, has claimed he visited a former president, Goodluck Jonathan, about 16 times to discuss the “future” of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during preparations for the just concluded governorship election in the state. Mr Dickson stated this on Tuesday while addressing a post-election press conference…

#BayelsaDecides: INEC prepares for final announcement of results

#BayelsaDecides: Final governorship results as announced by INEC – LIVE UPDATES

The final announcement of the governorship election results in Bayelsa has commenced. Bayelsa has eight local government areas and the results from each of the local governments would be announced individually at the INEC secretariat in Yenagoa. A total of 45 parties are taking part in the election which is,…

At 2:47pm PU4, Ward 6, Epiie lll, Yenegoa, Bayelsa APC agent has just distrupted on going election and also attacked presiding officer.

Apprehension in Bayelsa over alleged plan to cancel Southern Ijaw votes

There is apprehension in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged plan to cancel the votes from Southern Ijaw for Saturday's governorship election in the state, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt Southern Ijaw, the stronghold of the APC, has the second…