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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Nigerian Army

Army confirms 25 deaths as herdsmen, farmers clash in Plateau

The Nigerian Army says its troops on Wednesday discovered 23 dead bodies in a village in Plateau State. The army said the 3 Division Garrison in Plateau discovered the bodies. The army said two soldiers from the division were also killed in the state. There have been several cases of…

Akwa Ibom govt imposes curfew on two local govt areas

The Akwa Ibom State government is stepping up the fight against cult-related violence and killings in the state. Apart from the recent proscription of 32 cult groups in the state, the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Tuesday imposed curfew on Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas because of cult-related…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Nigerians tackle senator over ‘funny’ remark on sack of U.S Secretary of State

A Nigerian senator, Ben Murray-Bruce’s Twitter comment on the sacking of the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has pitched him against many Nigerians on the social media site, apparently. Mr. Tillerson had just returned from his tour to Nigeria and other African countries when he was fired via Twitter…

Despite denials by Edo govt, PDP insists rice for IDPs diverted

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Dan Orbih, is insisting that the state government diverted rice meant for internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the state. The government denied the allegation. Mr. Orbih was subsequently interrogated by the police on the matter after the government filed…

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Akwa Ibom government proscribes Pirates, 31 cult groups

The Akwa Ibom state government has outlawed 32 cult groups in the state. The government also outlawed (made illegal and unaceptable) any group known to have been engaged in advanced fee fraud “419”. The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who signed the proscription order on Monday in Uyo, said it was…

Nigerian bakeries still use cancer-causing chemical in bread – Food expert

A food expert in Nigeria has alerted the federal government on the continuous use of a banned substance, potassium bromate, in bakeries. Oladunni Akinnawo, a professor of food chemistry at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, said a recent study she conducted in Ibadan and Oyo towns, for instance, indicated the…

How we were forced to have sex even while menstruating, trafficking victim narrates ordeal to Saraki, others

A Nigerian victim of human trafficking, who narrated her ordeal to top government officials in the country, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that she was constantly forced to have sex even while on menstruation. The victim, whose name was not revealed, shared her story on February 26…

Wike mocks Buhari over president’s planned visit to Rivers

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said that the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state is meant to “revive” the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. The president’s office said on Monday that Mr. Buhari will be visiting states hard hit by Boko Haram insurgency, communal…

Church sacks controversial pastor over inciting comments on social media

A controversial pastor in Akwa Ibom State has been sacked by the church for allegedly making inciting comments on Facebook. Richard Peters, who was the pastor in-charge of St. Paul African Church, Eket, received a sack letter from the church on Friday, a source within the church told PREMIUM TIMES. The…

Fire guts electric power substation in Uyo

Residents of Afaha Ubeh in the outskirt of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, watched helplessly on Thursday as fire razed an electric power substation in the area. Witnesses said operatives of the state fire service were not seen around the scene of the incident, as the facility was on flame for…

PDP boycotts local elections in Edo

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it will not take part in local elections in Edo State scheduled to hold on Saturday. “We want to reiterate that PDP is not participating in the sham elections,” the spokesperson of the party, Chris Nehikhare, said in a statement issued on Thursday.…

Edo govt, PDP disagree over commissioner’s remark on human trafficking

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has attacked the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yinka Omorogbe, for saying human trafficking in the state “has deep cultural roots”. But the state government rose to the defence of the commissioner, saying she only told the truth. Ms. Omorogbe was…

Edo Governor Obaseki reshuffles cabinet

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has effected minor changes in his cabinet. The change, as announced on Wednesday by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Osarodion Ogie, would have the Commissioner for Education, Christopher Adesotu, move to Science and Technology ministry, while his counterpart in the Science…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki expresses happiness over stoppage of pension to ex-governors, deputies

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has expressed happiness over the passage of a bill by the Kwara State House of Assembly to suspend payment of pension to former governors and their deputies who are holding political or public offices. The bill was passed on Tuesday after the House considered a…

2019: Ex-CBN chief formally declares for president

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, has officially declared to run for the president of Nigeria in the 2019 election. Mr. Moghalu, who announced this on Wednesday in a press conference at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, said a combination of military rule,…

Udom Emmanuel

2016 church collapse: APC criticises Akwa Ibom govt for not releasing report

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, has criticised the state government for refusing to release a white paper on the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the church collapse that killed 27 people and injured 37 in 2016. The state government said on Wednesday in…

Court dismisses case against persons charged with unlawful protest at Government House gate

A magistrate court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday dismissed criminal charges filed by the police against three persons in the state for protesting at the gate of the Government House, Uyo. Benson Benjamin, Enobong Kenneth, and Utibe Akan were arrested by the police in January last year and…

How Nigerian girls are forced to have sex with strangers for the rest of their lives – British diplomat

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria, Laure Beaufils, has painted a worrisome picture of what Nigerian girls trafficked abroad go through in foreign lands. Mrs. Beaufils, who was speaking on Monday in Benin City, Edo State, during a Roundtable on Migration and Human Trafficking organised by the Nigerian Senate,…

Nigerian priest who resigned from Catholic Church set to marry

Patrick Edet, the Nigerian priest, who a year ago announced on radio his resignation from the Catholic Church, is set to marry. Mr. Edet has been running his own church, the Grace Family, since he left the Catholic fold in July 2017. He had been a Catholic priest for more…

Akwa Ibom govt refuses to release report on Church collapse that killed 27

The Akwa Ibom State government has made it clear it will not release a white paper on its inquiry on the church collapse that killed 27 people and injured 37 in 2016. The Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, which was under construction, caved in during a ceremony to consecrate the church…

Nigerian author hawks zobo drink on the streets

Other than writing and marketing books, a Nigerian author is into some other thing that could be considered intriguing. Collins Oscar, author of five books, loves hawking a Nigerian beverage popularly called zobo. Zobo is produced from dried roselle leaves (Hibiscus Sabdariffa). It is said to contain anti-hypertensive properties, and…

Dana Airline skids off runway

An aircraft belonging to Dana Airline on Tuesday overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State. The plane, which was flying in from Abuja, skidded off and went into the bush near the runway. No life was lost; all the passengers and crew disembarked to safety. Dana…

INEC can’t conduct credible polls – Governor Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has dismissed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as lacking the capacity to conduct credible elections in the country. Mr. Wike spoke on Tuesday at Government House, Port Harcourt, when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Shlagheck, visited him. He appealed to the…

PDP Governor’s aide decamps to APC

An aide to the governor of Cross Rivers State has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Jesse William, who was a Special Adviser on Job Placement to Governor Ben Ayade, also resigned from his position immediately. He wrote to the chairman of PDP, Agwagune/Okuri Ward,…

Ex-federal lawmaker disassociates self from “Prayer for Gov. Emmanuel”

A former member of the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, has frowned at an attempt to link him with a church service said to have been organised in the state to pray for the political success of the state governor, Udom Emmanuel. Mr. Eyiboh, a former spokesperson of the House…