cletusukpong

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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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Alleged N108 billion fraud: Court warns EFCC against ‘harassing’ Akwa Ibom govt. officials

A Federal High Court judge in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has criticised the alleged harassment of the officials of the state government by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. The EFCC is currently investigating the former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, over the alleged looting of N108.1 billion belonging to…

Late Mrs Imo Isemin

Former Akwa Ibom first lady, Imo Isemin, is dead

Imo Isemin, the wife of the first civilian governor of Akwa Ibom State, Akpan Isemin, is dead. Mrs. Isemin died on Wednesday in an undisclosed hospital in Uyo, an aide to the former first lady told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon at the Isemins family house, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo. She…

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa [Photo: Ebal's Blog]

Delta govt hands over state transport company to private managers

The Delta State government has handed over the running of its transport company to private managers. The company, Delta Transport Company Limited, will henceforth be managed by God is Good Motors Limited, according to an agreement between the state government and the private transport company. The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa,…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Governor Dickson redeploys Bayelsa SSG

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has moved the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Serena Dokubo-Spiff, to the Bayelsa State Development and Investment Corporation, BDIC. The former SSG is now head of the development body. Mr. Dickson announced the new change in his administration at the State Executive…

Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron

Host community protest new management for Maritime Academy of Nigeria

Some residents from the host community protested on Wednesday against the setting up of a new management for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. The protesters, holding placards, blocked the entrance of the academy and prevented the workers from going in. The protesters said that the Oro people felt cheated…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army counters Abia governor, says no withdrawal of troops from state

The Nigerian Army says it will go ahead with its planned military operation in the South-east. The army, in a statement issued at about 12:42 a.m on Friday, advised Nigerians to disregard the statement by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu which gave the impression that it was withdrawing its troops from the…

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. [Photo credit: Daily Times Nigeria]

Ex-SSS director faults military operation in South-east

A former director of the State Security Service, SSS, Mike Ejiofor, has faulted the ongoing military operation in Nigeria’s South-east, describing it as having the potential to compound the security challenges in the country. The commencement on Sunday of the military operation codenamed “Operation Python Dance” led to a violent…

[Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

Armed robbers strike again in Uyo

Some armed robbers struck on Wednesday in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, exactly 21 days after a similar incident jolted residents of the city. The latest incident, just like the previous one, occurred in broad daylight and in the heart of the city. The police spokesperson in the…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen being sworn in as CJN

CJN writes Buhari’s adviser, demands details of “delayed” cases at Supreme Court

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla, has been asked to furnish the Supreme Court with cases that are being delayed or pending in the apex court, as well as the Court of Appeal. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, made the request to Mr. Obono-Obla in…

Mock coffin dumped at the entrance of Mobil Housing Estate, Eket, Akwa Ibom State _ Photo credit_ Assam Abia

Protesters in Akwa Ibom dump coffins at entrance to Mobil’s facilities

Protesters on Monday dumped a red coffin at the entrance of a residential estate belonging to the American oil giant, Mobil Producing Nigeria, in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. A similar coffin was also dumped at the entrance of Mobil Air Strip in Eket. Another was kept at a major junction…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Police, Akwa Ibom community give dreaded cult group two-week ultimatum

A local community in Akwa Ibom State has given an ultimatum to members of a suspected local cult group to lay down their arms and denounce cultism or be ready to face the people’s wrath, as well as the law. The people of Midim Atan, in Essien Udim Local Government…

Police on patrol [Photo: Beegeagle's Blog]

Family of drowned man accuse police of forcing him ‘to jump into river’

A family in Bayelsa State is accusing the police of forcing their son at gunpoint to jump into a river where he eventually got drowned. Joseph Uzoukwu and Christiana Uzoukwu, who are the grandparents of the victim, are suing the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State, the Inspector General of Police,…

Picture of the suspected murderer who scape from police detention in Port Harcort Ifeanyi Deki.

Police confirm re-arrest of rapist, killer of eight-year-old girl who escaped from custody

The police have re-arrested the alleged rapist and killer of an eight-year-old girl after he escaped from their custody in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The Force spokesperson in Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES Friday evening that Ifeanyi Dike, 23, was re-arrested in Jos, Plateau State, on Thursday, exactly…

Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.

Ogoni Nine: Shell’s lawyers refusing to hand over “critical” evidence – Amnesty International

The civil suit filed against Shell in the Netherlands for its alleged complicity in the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists by the Nigerian government has taken an interesting turn, as lawyers to the oil giant are being accused of refusing to hand over evidence said to…

Patrick Edet

Nigerian priest who resigned from Catholic Church launches own ministry

The Nigerian priest, who resigned recently from the Catholic Church in Nigeria, has officially launched his own church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Patrick Edet, while serving in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, ran a 'Pentecostal-styled' fellowship called Grace Family Outreach within the Catholic structure. Mr. Edet, who had been a…

FILE PHOTO: APC Governors and President Buhari

NLC plans “name and shame” protests against governors owing workers’ salaries

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, says it will soon be holding “name and shame” rallies against governors in the states where workers are being owed salaries and pensions for several months. The rally would be taken to the affected states in the country, the NLC said. The union had in…

The Super Eagles squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17). Bafana Bafana won 2-0.
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Super Eagles defeated Cameroon by ‘prayers’ — Gov. Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that the Super Eagles’ victory on Friday against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was a “testament” to the power of prayers. The Eagles whipped their arch rival, the Lions 4-0, in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium,…

uniport

UNIPORT probes ties to man who escaped police custody after killing girl

The University of Port Harcourt has reacted to reports in the media that Ifeanyi Dike, a suspected murderer who is on the run, is a 200-level Physics student of the university. Mr. Dike escaped Saturday from police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Port Harcourt, few hours after…

Nigerian police force

Police dismiss, arraign officer under whose watch murder suspect escaped custody

The officer under whose watch a suspected rapist and murderer escaped from the police custody in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been dismissed and subsequently arraigned in court by the Nigerian police. Johnbosco Okoroeze, a sergeant, was in handcuffs when he was brought before a Chief Magistrate in Port Harcourt,…

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Boss

NIMASA DG offers N500,000 reward for arrest of murder suspect who escaped from police custody

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, has offered N500,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of Ifeanyi Dike, a murder suspect who escaped from police custody in Rivers State. Mr. Dike, was arrested on Saturday by local vigilante with a…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Women, youth protest escape from police custody of suspect arrested for rape, murder of eight-year-old

Some women and youth of Eliozu community, Port Harcourt, have given a seven-day ultimatum to the police in Rivers State to either produce Ifeanyi Dike, a suspected rapist and ritual killer, who escaped from custody on Saturday, or face their wrath. Mr. Dike, 23, identified as a 200-level student of…

Car riddled with bullets

Armed robbers strike in Uyo, few metres from Akwa Ibom Government House

Some dare-devil armed robbers struck on Wednesday in broad daylight in the city of Uyo, few metres from the Akwa Ibom Government House. The robbery incident took place at about 11 a.m. at Dominic Utuk Avenue, near Christ the King Primary School, Wellington Bassey Way, which is not far from…

Nigerian Navy

Nigerian Navy names successful candidates for 2017 recruitment — FULL LIST

The Nigerian navy has announced the release of the list of successful candidates in the aptitude test that was held nationwide on August 12, 2017. The spokesperson of the Navy, Suleman Dahun, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said that “successful candidates are to report at the Nigerian Navy Secondary…

Police on patrol [Photo: Beegeagle's Blog]

Rapist, killer of eight-year-old girl escapes from police custody, manhunt underway

The police in Rivers State have declared a manhunt for Ifeanyi Dike, 23, who escaped from the police custody on Saturday night, few hours after he was arrested for the alleged ritual killing of an eight-year-old girl in Port Harcourt. The fleeing suspect, Mr. Dike, was arrested on Saturday by…

Le Meridien Ibom Hotel [photo credit: TripAdvisor]

‎Akwa Ibom Governor rejects operator’s termination of Le Meridien Ibom Hotel contract

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has rejected Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ termination of its contract with the state government. Starwood, which is the operator of the state-owned Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom, had notified the governor that it would cease to manage the five-star…