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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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Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Osinbajo's official twitter account]

False Allegations: Osinbajo threatens to sue Google, Vanguard apologises

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has threatened to sue Google over 'false allegations' made against him on a YouTube page. A video report published on September 20 on the video-sharing site by Roots TV Nigeria alleged that Mr Osinbajo “used” federal agencies under his supervision as vice president “to stack…

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Nigerian judge forces journalist to delete photos from phone

The court in Akwa Ibom on September 19 struck out the case against Mary Ekere, the journalist who was thrown into jail for two nights for taking photos of the state task force officials raiding a shop. The state attorney general, Uwemedimo Nwoko, intervened in the case based on a…

Governor Udom Emmanuel at the maiden Akwa Ibom Education Summit

Governor Emmanuel advises journalists against ‘de-marketing’ Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has advised journalists in the state to be objective in their practice, and shun reports capable of portraying the state and its leaders in a bad light. Mr Emmanuel gave the advice on Monday during his state-wide broadcast to mark the 32nd anniversary of the…

Tunde Bakare

TRENDING: I’ll succeed Buhari as president — Tunde Bakare

A popular Pentecostal pastor in Nigeria, Tunde Bakare, has declared his intention to run for the country’s president in 2023. Mr Bakare, a senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, said in a video circulating on Facebook and Twitter that there was a divine arrangement for him to become Nigeria’s…

Gov Udom Emmanuel (on white) showing the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo around a newly constructed flour mill in the state

Akwa Ibom is ‘Nigeria’s best-kept Secret’ – Governor Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said the state has made meaningful progress since its creation 32 years. Akwa Ibom, created out of the then Cross River state on September 23, 1987 by the Ibrahim Babangida-led military administration, has a vast deposit of oil and gas, and is one of…

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Don’t give up on us, APC begs Akwa Ibom residents

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akwa Ibom State, has reacted to its loss at the governorship election petition tribunal, appealing to its members and supporters “not to give up hope on the party”. The three-member tribunal on Thursday in Uyo declared that the petition filed by the governorship candidate…

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom govt frees journalist after spending two nights in jail

Mary Ekere, the journalist who was thrown into jail by the Akwa Ibom government for taking photos of task force officials, has been set free. Ms Ekere, who reports for The Post, a local newspaper in Akwa Ibom, was assaulted and arrested on Monday in Uyo while taking photos of…

The journalist, Mary Ekere

Akwa Ibom govt throws journalist in jail for taking photos

A female journalist in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria, has been thrown into jail for taking photos of task force officials who raided a city spot. The spot is said to be notorious for illegal street-trading. The journalist, Mary Ekere, has so far spent two nights in the prison as…

Mr Imoh Williams (standing), the suspended chairman of Abak Local Govt Area, Akwa Ibom State, giving his testimony before lawmakers

Akwa Ibom Assembly reinstates suspended LGA chairman

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Tuesday re-instated the chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Imoh Williams, who had been on suspension following an assault on an artisan. Godwin Abraham, who makes a living decorating event venues, was flogged in April at the secretariat of the Abak local…

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Xenophobia: South African minister blames leaders of Nigeria, other African countries

While the tensions raised by the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa are yet to fizzle out, a top official of the South African government has dished out bitter words for African leaders whose citizens migrate to South Africa. Nigerians make up a large number of African…

Rivers state on map

Fear grips Port Harcourt residents over alleged targeting of women by serial killers

There is apprehension in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, over the alleged existence of serial killers, said to be targeting women in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The police are yet to speak on the issue, despite pockets of protests in Port Harcourt by women groups. “We must go back to…

Governor Nyesom wike

Wike: A Nigerian Governor And His Many Controversies

Three words aptly describe Nyesom Wike – zestful, bold, and controversial. Whenever Mr Wike, the governor of Rivers State, Nigeria’s South-South, speaks on an issue that is sensitive to him, his listeners could easily feel the energy and passion, or even the anger in him. He is one Nigerian governor…

Timi Alaibe

Bayelsa governorship: Timi Alaibe heads to court

Timi Alaibe, one of the 21 aspirants in the just concluded governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, has gone to court, seeking the cancellation of the exercise. The primary was won by Douye Diri, a senator who is backed by the incumbent governor of the…

Governor Nyesom wike

Wike congratulates Buhari, says PDP governors visit president at night

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at the election petition tribunal. Mr Wike said it was better to congratulate Mr Buhari publicly than to secretly visit the president at night. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the petition…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Wike attacks PDP, says party’s committee ‘corrupt’

The Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, has surprisingly attacked his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), warning it not to “toy” with the interest of the state. Mr Wike attacked the PDP on Wednesday while expressing his angst against a committee set up by the party to investigate Ndudi Elumelu’s emergence…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram: 22,000 Nigerians missing in North-East – ICRC

Nearly 22,000 Nigerians have been reported missing in the country’s North-East region due to a decade of conflict in the area, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The figure is the highest number of missing persons registered with the ICRC in any country, the humanitarian agency…

Timi Alaibe

Bayelsa Governorship: I’ll reveal my next step in 48 hours – Timi Alaibe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few days ago concluded its governorship primary in Bayelsa State, won by Douye Diri, a senator who is backed by the incumbent governor of the state, Seriake Dickson. But for those who think Timi Alaibe’s hope of becoming the next governor of Bayelsa has…

Governor Udom Emmanuel at the maiden Akwa Ibom Education Summit

Akwa Ibom holds summit to tackle rot in education sector

The Akwa Ibom State Government has finally come to terms with the reality about the education sector in the state. The government on Thursday organised a summit to seek expert opinions on how to fix the broken school system. “The scenario of our educational system is characterised by extensive infrastructural…

Obaseki and Oshiomhole

Obaseki seeks peace with Oshiomhole, despite ‘attack’ from APC chairman

The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has handed down a clear instruction to state officials – do not insult or talk back at Adams Oshiomhole, no matter what! Mr Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is locked in a political battle with Mr Obaseki whom…

SPECIAL REPORT: The truth about mosque ‘demolition’ by Rivers government

The Rivers State Government did not demolish any completed building being used as a mosque, findings by PREMIUM TIMES show. However, an uncompleted structure, which was still at the foundation stage, was demolished by the government. The Rivers government and the Muslim community in the state are contesting a piece…

Timi Alaibe

Bayelsa: Timi Alaibe rejects PDP governorship primary results

Timi Alaibe, an aspirant in the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in Bayelsa State, has rejected the result of the primary. Douye Diri, a senator representing Bayelsa Central, won the primary. The senator scored 561 votes, while Mr Alaibe, who was his major rival in the primary, scored…

Suspected rapist, who ‘settled’ victim’s father, remanded in prison

A suspected rapist in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, still got a bitter pill from the law, despite dolling out ‘settlement’ cash to the victim’s father. He has been remanded in the prison for rape. In a bizarre case that left Nigerians in shock last week, Rufus Felix opted for cash…

Senator Douye Diri, winner of PDP governor primary in Bayelsa

Dickson’s man, Diri, wins PDP governorship primary

Douye Diri, a senator representing Bayelsa Central, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Bayelsa State. The primary, conducted in Yenagoa on Tuesday night, spilled over to Wednesday morning. Mr Diri, 60, enjoyed the support of the Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, and his Restoration Team, an influential…

Burnt MTN shop used to illustrate the story.

Xenophobic Attacks: MTN shop attacked in Akwa Ibom

Some youth Tuesday afternoon attacked an MTN shop in Uyo, Nigeria's South-South, in apparent retaliation to the continuous xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. The attackers, a handful of local boys, pushed their way through the crowded shop along the busy Ikot Ekpene Road around 2:30 p.m., Tuesday,…

Ex-Mobil worker wins libel suit over publication on LinkedIn

A former employee of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has won a libel suit over libellous materials published against her on LinkedIn. Regina Udobong, a former manager of public and government affairs in Mobil, had sued a former co-employee, Mfon Abia, for publishing the materials, according to…