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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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Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang speaking during his appearance on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Tuesday (11/9/18).

Ita Enang confirms removal as Buhari’s Senate aide

Ita Enang has confirmed a report published earlier by PREMIUM TIMES on President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to renew his appointment as the president’s aide on National Assembly Matters. PREMIUM TIMES broke the news that Mr Enang, a former senator from Akwa Ibom state, would not return as Mr Buhari’s senior…

Senator Chris Ekpenyong

Akwa Ibom senator loses wife

Chris Ekpenyong, the senator representing Akwa Ibom North West District, Akwa Ibom state, has lost his wife. The senator’s wife, Grace, is said to have passed on in Uyo on Friday. The son, Emmanuel, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, Monday morning. “It’s a sad reality we must have to…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

Nigerian govt not fiscally transparent, says U.S.

The U.S. has classified the Nigerian government among those that are not fiscally transparent. The classification, contained in a report released Thursday by the U.S Department Of State, means Nigeria’s budgeting process, including its contracting and licensing processes in the extractive industry, did not meet the standards required of the…

Abdullahi Gana, Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

We’ll punish civil defence officer who allegedly killed student – Official

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has vowed to punish its officer for allegedly killing a student of the Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State. The shot which killed the student was said to have been fired accidentally by the officer who was guarding a local politician on a…

Okoi Obono-Obla

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari suspends Okoi Obono-Obla, orders him to submit self to ICPC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, from office. Mr Obono-Obla's suspension letter, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, directed the embattled official to step down and…

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Governor Obaseki visits Oshiomhole

The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, Monday, paid a surprise visit to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, in his hometown, Auchi. Messrs. Obaseki and Oshiomhole have been locked in an intense political battle ahead of a crucial governorship election next year in Edo. The…

Pupils carrying the new desks into classrooms (1)

Nigerian villages, abandoned by govt, hack trees to produce school desks

Three communities in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria’s South-south, resorted to hacking down big trees to produce desks for their local school, after failing to get help from the government. There has never been a single school desk for more than three years in the state government-owned primary school, Obio Abasi Itok,…

A presidential aide, Ita Enang,

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari drops Ita Enang as National Assembly aide, picks replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has dropped Ita Enang as his aide on National Assembly Matters (Senate), PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Enang, a former senator from Akwa Ibom state, was appointed a special adviser to Mr Buhari during the president’s first term. He has continued to act in that capacity in…

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s aide, Obono-Obla in trouble, as police seal off office

The police have sealed Okoi Obono-Obla’s office in Abuja. Mr Obono-Obla is a senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property. The office of the presidential panel, located in Asokoro, was sealed Friday afternoon by some…

Mr Uduak Nseobot, councillor representing Ibiono Southern II, Ward 6

Lawmaker allegedly beats woman, forces her to walk naked

A local lawmaker in Akwa Ibom state has appeared before a state High Court in Uyo for allegedly assaulting a woman and stripping her naked in the public. The accused, Uduak Nseobot, is a councillor in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. Mr Nseobot and his wife, Aniedi,…

Tax officials seal off Ecobank in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state

Tax: Akwa Ibom govt seals off Ecobank, Union Bank premises

The Akwa Ibom State government has sealed the premises of Ecobank in Uyo over alleged tax default. Tax officials, accompanied by some armed policemen, entered a branch of the bank along Oron Road around 8 a.m. on Friday and drove the staff out from the premises before locking its gates.…

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

Why we suspended chairman of Oshiomhole’s local govt area – Edo government

The Chairman of Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo State, Yakubu Musa, was suspended from office because of an allegation of N46 million payroll fraud in the local council, the Edo state government has said. Mr Musa was suspended four days ago by the state government. He is to be…

Barack Obama

Obama Foundation hires Adewale, son of Nigerian immigrant, as president

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, son of a Nigerian immigrant, has been hired as the first president of the Obama Foundation. Mr Adeyemo’s hire was announced on Thursday in Chicago, U.S. by the Obama Foundation. Mr Adeyemo, whose parents migrated from Nigeria to the U.S in search of a better life, served…

Gov Wike

Don’t bring #RevolutionNow protest to Rivers, Governor Wike warns

The mass protest against the Nigerian government would not be accepted in Rivers State, the state governor, Nyesom Wike, has said. The planned protest tagged #RevolutionNow is scheduled to take place this Monday. The man behind the #RevolutionNow, a renowned activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Don’t issue fresh proclamation, court orders Governor Obaseki

A Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court, on Friday, restrained the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, from issuing a fresh proclamation to the Edo State House of Assembly. The court order counters last week's resolution of the Nigerian Senate which directed Mr Obaseki to issue a fresh…

Gov Wike

Governor Wike sacks Rivers university vice-chancellor

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has sacked the vice-chancellor of the state-owned Rivers State University, Blessing Didia, alongside the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration, Magnus Oruwari. The removal of the top officials of the university may not be unconnected with the recent cult killings in the school.…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reacts to report showing severe lapses in 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to a report by civil society groups in Nigeria which portrays the 2019 general elections in the country as being below the standard set by the electoral commission in its conduct of 2015 elections. The report released Tuesday in Abuja by the…

2019 General Election: voters voting at the Nomadic Primary School, Polling Unit , at Tudun-Fulani , during the FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja on Saturday (9/03/19). 02036/9/3/2019/Sumail Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

Nigeria’s 2019 elections flawed, poorly managed – Civil Society Organisations

Civil society groups across Nigeria have released a report, detailing the failings of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections, and how the country can achieve credible elections in future. The report released Tuesday in Abuja, under the aegis of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, examined the role of the Independent National…

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson speaking

Bayelsa traditional ruler accuses Governor Dickson of threatening his life

A traditional ruler in Bayelsa state, Amalate Turner, has accused the state governor, Seriake Dickson, of threatening his life. Mr Turner, through a petition written by his lawyers to the Inspector General of Police, said Mr Dickson called his son, Erefagha Turner, on July 15 and allegedly sent a threat…

Artisan assaulted in Akwa Ibom

Assault Video: Police claim victim, assailants agreed to ‘peaceful settlement’

A new dimension has been introduced into the case of assault on an artisan by aides of a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. The victim and his assailants agreed to a “peaceful settlement” before video clips of the incident surfaced on WhatsApp and Facebook, the police have said.…

Man receiving beating from a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State.

Video: Man flogged for allegedly “insulting” LG chairman

Two video clips currently circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook have captured two men flogging a man whom they accused of insulting a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to ascertain the date and the location of the incident in the video. The two men in…

Akwa Ibom assembly

Assault On Artisan: House of Assembly suspends LGA chairman

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has suspended the local government chairman whose aides were captured on video assaulting an artisan. The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday condemned the assault, describing it as “unacceptable in a civilised society and does not represent our core values”. Mr Emmanuel…

Artisan assaulted in Akwa Ibom

“They threatened to bury me alive,” says artisan assaulted by council chairman’s aides

The artisan in Akwa Ibom assaulted in video clips that have gone viral has opened up on what happened. Godwin Abraham was flogged by two men said to be the aides to the chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state. The chairman, Imoh Williams, is yet to speak…

Man receiving beating from a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State.

Video: Man flogged for allegedly “insulting” LG chairman

Two video clips currently circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook have captured two men flogging a man whom they accused of insulting a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to ascertain the date and the location of the incident in the video. The two men in…

Governor Nyesom wike

Wike’s ex-commissioner mocks him, accuses governor of using poverty to manipulate people

A former commissioner in Rivers State, Austin Tam-George, has lashed out at the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike in the state. Mr Tam-George, who served briefly as commissioner for information before he resigned his appointment in Mr Wike’s first tenure, posted on Facebook, July 14, an imaginary conversation between the…