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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The Drunk Naval officer

Drunk Nigerian naval officer caught on camera misbehaving in public

An apparently drunk Nigerian naval officer in uniform has been caught on video misbehaving in public. The short video, being circulated on some WhatsApp platforms, shows the officer sitting down on a bare floor and resting his back on a plastic sit, while a female’s voice is heard talking angrily…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

9th National Assembly: We’ll not defect, PDP senator assures governor

Bassey Albert, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Akwa Ibom, has assured that senators and members of the House of Representatives from the state will not defect from the PDP. Mr Albert, who has just won re-election for a second term, represents Akwa Ibom North-east in the Senate. “With…

Gov. Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor gives condition for appointment of commissioners

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has given condition under which people may be considered for appointment as commissioner in his second term. Mr Emmanuel, while worshipping at Full Life Church, Uyo, on Sunday, told congregants that people have been putting pressure on him to appoint them as commissioners.…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Eight years after monarch’s gruesome murder, police hunt down suspects

The police in Akwa Ibom say they have recorded a breakthrough in finding the suspected killers of Akwa Ibom monarch shot dead eight years ago. The late monarch, Robert Ekpo, was killed on January 30, 2011, in his palace by unknown assailants. He was the paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium…

Facebook logog on a smartphone

Nigerian university suspends student for calling vice chancellor ‘foolish’ on Facebook

A student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden, has been suspended “indefinitely” from the school for allegedly calling the university vice chancellor 'foolish' on Facebook. The student, Joy Nkanang, was in her second year in the department of performing arts before her suspension on May 9. Ms Nkanang,…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Bayelsa govt commends INEC for shifting governorship election date

The Bayelsa State government has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for shifting the date for the governorship election in the state. INEC on Thursday announced a shift in date for the governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi States. The election in the two states will now hold on…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

I won’t share Edo money to greedy politicians – Obaseki

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has hit hard on some politicians in the state who he said were trying to blackmail him because of his refusal to share public fund to them. Mr Obaseki will be seeking re-election next year under his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Edo…

Gov. Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor suspends top government official

The Akwa Ibom government has suspended the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission in the state, Valentine Attah. Mr Attah’s suspension, announced Wednesday through a press statement from the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, came few hours after the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, sacked…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

Akwa Ibom governor sacks commissioner

The Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has sacked the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Uduak Udo-Inyang. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, announced Mr Udo-Inyang's sack in a press statement issued on Wednesday. No reason has been given for the government's action. The SSG directed…

Mr Daniel Utomette

Airline sacks employee ‘for supporting APC’

A new airline, Ibom Air, is yet to officially commence business. But it is already enmeshed in a controversy over the sacking of its employee for speaking in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ibom Air is owned by the Akwa Ibom state government. Akwa Ibom is a Peoples…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

NUJ asks Akwa Ibom govt to reconsider ban on press interviews

The chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Akwa Ibom State, Patrick Albert, has appealed to the state government to reconsider its order banning commissioners and the governor’s aides from granting press interviews. The state government had said the ban was to “ensure a coordinated approach to information…

Gov Wike

Governor Wike recalls suspended LGA chairmen

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has recalled 12 local government council chairmen suspended last month by his administration. The affected chairmen are those of Okrika, Emohua, Abua/Odual, Degema, Khana, and Gokana local government areas. Others are Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Eleme, Andoni, Omuma and Ogu/Bolo. An aide to Mr…

John Udoedehe, now a pastor

I’m now a pastor, says renowned Akwa Ibom opposition politician

“I have finally accepted God’s calling to preach salvation of souls through Christ Jesus, and to witness to the power of the Resurrection….” Those were the words of John Udoedehe, a well-known opposition politician in Akwa Ibom State, who announced on Facebook, April 29, that he was now a pastor.…

Candidates writing the JAMB exam at a CBT centre

Private university offers admission to JAMB’s best candidate

If Ekele Franklin, the 15-year-old boy who emerged the overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), is denied admission into his university of choice – University of Lagos – because of age, he could very well walk into another school to start his studies. That is…

Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor bars commissioners, aides from talking to journalists

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has barred commissioners in his government from granting press interviews. A statement issued on Wednesday by the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the restriction is to “ensure a coordinated approach to information management and dissemination”. Mr Ekuwem said all…

Photo of police officers attacked by armed gang in Cross River

Armed gang attack police officers in Cross River

The Nigerian police are hunting for members of an armed gang who allegedly attacked some officers in Cross River state. The officers were attacked on April 17 while on a mission to arrest suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in a community in Ogoja, according to a…

Oil rig

It now takes 48 hours to treat oil companies’ operational requests – Official

In order to improve on the ease of doing business, operational requests from oil and gas companies in Nigeria are now “dealt with” within a maximum of 48 hours, a government official has said. Unnecessary bureaucracy at different levels of government in Nigeria has for long remained one of the…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Environment group kicks against Cross River’s N648billion superhighway contract

A non-governmental organisation in Nigeria has raised concerns over the award of a multi-billion naira contract for the 275-kilometre superhighway in Cross River State. The NGO, Rainforest Resource and Development Centre, in Calabar, said the contract award was not transparent, did not follow due process, and could put the Cross…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Nigerian couple kills own son on suspicion of witchcraft

The police in Akwa Ibom State, South-south Nigeria, have arrested a man and his wife for allegedly killing their son. The victim was accused of witchcraft by the parents before he was killed, the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Zaki Ahmed, told reporters Wednesday in Uyo. The police said…

Gov Wike

Wike praises INEC officials, dedicates victory to people slain during Rivers elections

In what appears to be a sharp departure from the past, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has heaped praises on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state for “standing firm to do the right thing” during the just concluded governorship and House of Assembly election in…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

Akwa Ibom blames high rate of HIV/AIDS on influx of visitors

The Akwa Ibom government has attributed the high rate of HIV/AIDS in the state to the influx of visitors. The Nigerian HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) shows that Akwa Ibom has the highest prevalence rate of HIV in the country. About 5.5 per cent of the people living with…

rape victim

Edo community leader arraigned for allegedly raping 12-year-old girl

A man, Goddey Jatto, has been arraigned before a magistrate in Benin City, Edo State, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. Mr Jatto, 34, is a community leader in Oregbeni Quarters, Benin City, according to a statement from the Government House, Benin City. The defendant forced the little girl into…

Governor Nyesom wike

Let’s end divisive politics in Rivers, Wike begs Amaechi, APC

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed for an end to divisive politics in the state. The oil-rich state, located in Nigeria’s South-south region, has for long been plagued by violence. This has led to several deaths because of the power struggle between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led…

Police Arrest man

VIDEO: Police officer ‘arrests’ young Nigerian for possessing iPhone

An unidentified police officer has been caught on camera ‘arresting’ a young Nigerian for being in possession of an iPhone. A Twitter user with the handle @CovenantBuhari posted a video clip of the incident on Tuesday on the social media site. From the video, it appears the young man, said…

Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan

Nigerians can’t complain of bad governance after selling their votes – Ex-Governor

A former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has weighed in on the issue of vote-buying in Nigeria’s political process, saying the people tend to lose when they sell their votes to politicians during elections. Mr Uduaghan acknowledged that the just concluded general election in Nigeria was characterised by vote…