cletusukpong

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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Four Nigerian police officers killed in Edo

The Nigerian police have confirmed that four officers were killed by suspected armed robbers in an ambush in Edo State, South-south Nigeria, on Saturday. The police officers were on patrol at Uzebba-Aviosi junction along Ifon road, Sabongida-Ora, in the state, when the suspected robbers attacked their patrol vehicle, causing it…

APC Candidate, Kayode Fayemi voting.

Ekiti Election: PDP governor congratulates Fayemi

The Governor of Gombe State, Hassan Dankwambo, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, for his victory in the Ekiti governorship election. Mr Fayemi, a former minister of solid minerals, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Olusola Eleka, who is the deputy governor of…

Pic 6. Voters queuing to cast their votes at Ajilosun, Ado Ekiti during the July 14th Governorship Election in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday (14/7/18). 03772/14/7/2018/Timothy Adeogodiran/ICE/NAN

Akwa Ibom politicians disagree over impact of Ekiti election

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nsima Ekere, has expressed belief that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled states in the South-south and the South-east regions would take a cue from the just-concluded Ekiti election, and align with the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 general elections. APC’s…

Fayose and Fayemi used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: NewsTimes Nigeria]

ANALYSIS: How ‘Quarry Manager Fayemi’ crushed Peter the Rock Fayose

The just-concluded Ekiti governorship election, won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, may go down as one of the most tension-soaked in Nigeria’s history. Mr Fayemi was President Muhammadu Buhari’s minister of solid minerals before he resigned to contest the election. Aside from the pre-election…

Udom Emmanuel

What is happening in Ekiti is a shame to Nigeria – Governor Emmanuel

The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, has condemned the siege on the Ekiti state Government House by the police. PREMIUM TIMES reported how dozens of police officers barricaded the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, close to the Ekiti Government House on Wednesday morning. Videos of…

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‘Drunk’ police officer shoots woman dead in Calabar

A woman in Calabar, Cross River State, has been fatally shot by a police officer. The officer was said to be drunk when the incident happened around 9 p.m. at Ikot Ansa on Sunday. Local media mentioned the victim’s name as Victoria Ekpe, 32. Police spokesperson in the state, Irene…

An unidentified customs officer who was attacked by a crowd sympathetic to fleeing smugglers_ Photo_Nigeria Customs Service

Crowd attempts to set ablaze customs official for going after suspected smugglers (Video)

A crowd in Ogun State, South-west Nigeria, on Saturday attacked and nearly set ablaze an official of the Nigeria Customs Service for going after smugglers. The officer was in hot pursuit of some fleeing suspected smugglers when some people in the area suddenly attacked him, Joseph Attah, the national spokesperson…

Reformed APC members

PDP congratulates R-APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has expressed excitement over the emergence of a splinter faction within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The faction. which calls itself the Reformed APC, is led by Buba Galadima, a former secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), President Muhammadu…

Permanent Voter Cards

INEC raises alarm on attempts to clone, sell voter cards online

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has received reports of attempts to clone Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and sell them online. INEC, in a statement it issued on Sunday, said it “had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials." The statement,…

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State 3 _ Photo credit_ Mapio.net

Akwa Ibom spends billions on white elephant projects, while its education system rots away

In 2008, the Akwa Ibom State government embarked on the construction of a multi-billion naira massive leisure and business complex, with the hope of turning the oil-rich Nigerian state into ‘Dubai’. The complex, named Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre, sits atop 168 hectres of land in Uyo, the state capital. It…

Nigeria Police

Two Nigerian police officers killed

Two policemen have been killed in an ambush in Akwa Ibom State. The police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday evening. Mr MacDon, a deputy superintendent of police, said the policemen were attacked by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Saturday along…

One of the dilapidated cottages in the boys dormitory St. Marys Science College Ediene Abak Akwa Ibom [Cletus Ukpong]

Lawyer demands records of school renovation contracts from Akwa Ibom govt

A Lagos-based lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has made a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Akwa Ibom State Government for records of renovation contracts and other capital expenditure in public primary and secondary schools in the state. Mr Effiong, who is from Akwa Ibom, said in his letter to the…

We have a clue on the killing of ex-Akwa Ibom governorship aspirant – Police

The police in Ogun State have said they have a clue on the killing of a former governorship aspirant from Akwa Ibom State. The victim, Okon Iyanam, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Wednesday night in his hotel, Heritage Hotels and Resorts, in Mowe, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area, Ogun…

Governor Nyesom Wike (right) with Mr Ahmed Makarfi in Rivers state on Wednesday

“Nigerians who love democracy are with Governor Wike” – Makarfi

Nigerians who love democracy and want it to thrive will always stand with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has said. Mr Makarfi stated this on Wednesday while inaugurating the rehabilitated Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local…

Late Mr Okon Iyanam

Ex-Akwa Ibom governorship aspirant shot dead

A former governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom state, Okon Iyanam, is dead. He was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Wednesday night at his hotel in Mowe, Ogun state. Victor Iyanam, a former attorney general in Akwa Ibom state, and the elder brother to the late politician and businessman, confirmed…

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

Group wants Akwa Ibom airport named after Attah

A group in Akwa Ibom State has appealed to the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to name the Akwa Ibom International Airport after the former governor of the state, Victor Attah. The group, Greater Peoples Forum for Social & Economic Development, said on Monday in a statement issued in Uyo that…

No trained journalist can call a state governor thief – NUJ chairman

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State, Patrick Albert, has identified lack of adequate professional training as a major challenge of journalism practice in Akwa Ibom state. Mr Albert said journalism graduates, unlike those from other professions, are always in a hurry to start practicing…

President Buhari commissions 1st Rice Seedlings Factory in Calabar, Cross Rivers State on 26th June 2018

Buhari inaugurates rice seedling factory in Calabar

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, in Calabar, Cross River State, inaugurated rice seeds and seedling factory built by the Cross River State government. Mr Buhari described the factory as a reference point in Nigeria’s effort to kick-start a revolution in agriculture. “When we got into power, this administration launched a…

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) congratulating the Newly elected National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (R) While Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on during the closing ceremony of the party’s 2018 National Convention at the Eagles Square Abuja on Sunday (24/6/18) 03376//24/6/2018/ICE/NAN

Delta APC leaders differ on cause of fracas at convention venue

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, O’tega Emerhor, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for the fracas that took place among the state delegates at the just-concluded APC National Convention in Abuja. Two factions of delegates from the state engaged in a brawl, while Mr…

Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori (on white), while visiting Master Chigozie Ogbu in the hospital

Delta Speaker gives help to 13-year-old boy allegedly battered by uncle

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, has offered funds for medical help to a 13-year-old boy allegedly molested by an uncle. Mr Oborevwori has also promised to sponsor the boy, identified as Chigozie Ogbu, through school, up to the university level. The speaker, while on…

A presidential aide, Ita Enang,

APC Convention: Akwa Ibom APC fights off criticism it took “nothing” back home

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has responded to criticism that it “couldn’t get” an executive position for the state at the just-concluded national convention of the party in Abuja. The criticism is being circulated online mainly by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who see…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC to investigate abandoned NDDC projects

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission will soon visit the Niger Delta region to investigate abandoned Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)’s projects in the area. Mr Magu said this on Thursday while receiving a delegation from the National…

Mr Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom unemployment rate exaggerated – Official

The Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Charles Udoh, has faulted the inclusion of the state among those with high unemployment rate in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is ranked second among states with the highest unemployment rate, according to 2018 data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Oil company worker, two others killed in Akwa Ibom cult-war

Three persons have been killed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, in the past four days in a renewed cult war in the city. Eket, which has significant presence of workers of Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of the American oil giant, ExxonMobil, is among the four local government areas mostly…

Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke

Bill to compel companies to hire ‘indigenes’ passed by Akwa Ibom Assembly

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a bill which will ensure that companies doing business in the state hire at least 10 per cent of their senior workers and 70 per cent of junior workers from among the indigenes of the state. The bill requires the governor's…