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Cletus Ukpong covers Nigeria’s South South region for PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with several years of experience in journalism practice. His areas of interest include politics, environment, oil and gas, women, youths, and child development. You can follow him on Twitter @CletusUkpong

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“Bomb explosion kills one in Edo” – State Govt

A bomb explosion is reported to have killed one person in Edo State on Monday, according to a statement from the state government. The statement issued by the Government House, Benin City, on Tuesday said the explosion occurred in Okpella community, Etsako East Local Government Area. The statement said a…

Government can’t be stopped by anybody – Gov. Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has likened his administration to a speeding train, saying nobody can stop it from moving forward. Mr. Emmanuel who is enmeshed in a political feud with his estranged godfather, Godswill Akpabio, made the comment on Tuesday at the Government House, Uyo, during the…

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Governor Emmanuel moves against Akpabio, sacks Akwa Ibom SSG

The ongoing political war between the Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and his estranged godfather, Godswill Akpabio, has claimed its next victim -- the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Etekamba Umoren. Mr. Emmanuel on Monday sacked Mr. Umoren, who was nominated into the cabinet by Mr. Akpabio, the Senate…

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Wike sacks three local government chairmen in Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the sacking of the caretaker chairpersons of three local government areas in the state for allegedly collecting illegal revenues from companies. The three affected local government areas, according to a statement issued on Saturday by the governor’s media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, are…

Nigeria aircraft fails to land, returns to Lagos after reaching destination

Arik Air flight traveling from Lagos to Asaba, Delta State, made a sudden turn midair on Friday evening after it reached its destination but was told that the airport was “closed for the day”. Flight W3 628 had to return to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with the disappointed…

Former allies accuse Akpabio of blackmailing Akwa Ibom governor

The political war between Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has escalated, with some leaders in the state accusing Mr. Akpabio of trying to blackmail the governor. The leaders, drawn from the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, said in a communique dated January 7…

Police kill six for ‘role’ in Rivers New Year Day deaths

The Nigerian police said they have killed six people alleged to be members of the gang that masterminded the New Year Day killing in Omoku, Rivers State. The police said they also arrested one Desmond Okotubo, said to be a 'senior member' of the deadly gang. The spokesperson of the…

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Akwa Ibom Gov. Emmanuel, Akpabio in ‘full-blown political war’

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and his predecessor and godfather, Godswill Akpabio, are at war against each other. The public, for several months, has been fed with the information that the two leaders were enjoying the best of relationship, until during the yuletide, when Mr. Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader,…

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Lawmakers ask governor to produce details of Akwa Ibom debt profile

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has asked the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration to present to it details of the debt profile of the state and the repayment plans. Usoro Akpanusoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations and Finance, made the demand when the state Commissioner for Finance, Linus…

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Amaechi accuses Wike of deceit over Rivers’ New Year killing

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of being deceitful about the killing of over a dozen people in the state on New Year day. The alleged mastermind of the killing, Johnson Igwedibia, popularly known as Don Waney, was later killed on Saturday…

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NYSC member shot dead ‎- Police

A National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member has been shot dead in Akwa Ibom State, the police have said. A statement issued on Monday by the police in the state said the Corps member was shot on Sunday in Eket by unknown assailants who were on a motorcycle. The statement,…

Rivers govt. speaks on Wike’s relationship with killed cult kingpin

The Rivers State government has reacted to information trending on the social media that Governor Nyesom Wike was planning to recognise the late cult kingpin, Johnson Igwedibia, as a traditional ruler before he was killed over the weekend. Mr. Igwedibia, popularly known as Don Wayne, was alleged to be the…

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Buhari won’t spend $1 billion ECA fund without National Assembly approval – Aide

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the president won’t spend the $1 billion from the nation’s Excess Crude Oil Account, ECA, to fund the fight against insecurity unless he receives approval from the national assembly. “I want to clarify that none of these monies will be used…

Canadian media publishes video of Nigerian migrants ‘running away’ from Trump’s America

A video has surfaced online showing Nigerian migrants making efforts to enter Canada illegally from the U.S. border. The two countries share an international border. The video was published in September 2017 by a Canadian media, CBC News. The migrants, inside a Greyhound bus, are seen in the video arriving…

If Buhari appoints me a cleaner, I will accept – Former Senator

A former Nigerian senator and stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, John Udoedehe, has said that he wouldn’t mind accepting an appointment as a messenger or a cleaner from President Muhammadu Buhari. The federal government recently released names of board members of various agencies. Mr. Udoedehe, a former…

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Delta polls: Okowa expresses satisfaction despite razing of commission’s office

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed satisfaction with Saturday's local elections in Delta despite the razing of an office of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, in Ughelli. The commission’s office, according to a report published on SaharaReporters, was attacked by persons suspected to be loyalists of a senator in…

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Akwa Ibom governor sacks commissioner

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has sacked the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong. The Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ekpenyong was sacked on Friday afternoon. The government did not give reasons for Mr. Ekpenyong’s removal. But sources close…

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Gov. Wike blames oil companies for Rivers violence

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has blamed the international oil companies for the increase in cult activities in the oil-rich state. Mr. Wike, who was reacting to the gruesome killing of 17 people in the state on the New Year Day by unknown gunmen, said oil companies in the state were…

Why we said BUA official was wanted by police – Edo govt

Amidst the confusion and embarrassing denial by the police, the Edo State government has explained why it issued a statement claiming that the Managing Director of BUA’s Obu Cement Company, Yusuf Binji, was declared wanted by the police. A Government House statement, issued by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s media aide, Crusoe…

APC local leader quits party, describes it as “colossal failure”

A local chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, has resigned from the party, describing it as a “colossal failure” in the state. Musa Elekwa, the Chairman of the APC in Etche Local Government Area of the state, sent his resignation letter on Wednesday to the state…

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My agenda is to stop APC, PDP from winning elections in 2019 – Oby Ezekwesili

A former minister for education, Oby Ezekwesili, has said that her political agenda for 2019 is to stop the two major political parties in Nigeria – the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP – from winning state and national elections. Mrs. Ezekwesili, who is also a…

New Akwa Ibom police commissioner assumes duty

Akwa Ibom State has a new Commissioner of Police. He is Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi. Mr. Ogunjemilusi, who is the 23rd commissioner of police in the state, assumed duty on Monday. “It is my vision to make Akwa Ibom the safest state in the country,” Mr. Ogunjemilusi told journalists at the police…

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Despite producing most oil, Akwa Ibom has no NNPC, DPR offices – Governor Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has accused the federal government of neglecting the state. Mr. Emmanuel said the state, despite being the largest producer of oil in the country, has not seen many development projects from the federal government for years. The governor was speaking on Tuesday during a prayer…

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Buhari cautions against reprisal attacks in Rivers, Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed against reprisal attacks in Rivers and Kaduna states, following the recent killings in both states. About 17 people were reportedly killed by unknown gunmen on Monday in Omoku, a community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Area of the state. The victims were returning from the…

Wike offers N200 million for information on Rivers New Year Day killers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has announced N200 million reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the gunmen who killed several residents of the state who were returning from church on New Year Day. The police in the state said it was difficult to…