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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Mr Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, NDDC, at the Eket rally on Tuesday

Why I believe Akpabio won’t secretly work against APC — Ekere

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom, Nsima Ekere, says he is confident the state's former governor, Godswill Akpabio, will not betray the party by working for other candidates. Mr Ekere said this while addressing journalists after a meeting with the party's National Working Committee (NWC) in…

Mr Utitofon Ukpong, in the middle (on a blue wear), shortly after he was geanted bail by the court in Uyo

Nigerian blogger regains freedom after two days in police detention

Utitofon Ukpong, a blogger in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria’s South-south, was on Wednesday released on bail at a magistrate court in Uyo after spending two days in police detention. Mr Ukpong publishes a popular blog, Sitippe Ke Akwa Ibom, which focuses on the happenings around Akwa Ibom state. He was…

Boko Haram used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria, third ‘most terrorised country’ for fourth consecutive year – Report

The 2018 ranking on terrorism is out and Nigeria, for the fourth consecutive year, occupies the third position among the countries worst hit by terrorism, globally, because of the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen. Apart from 2014 when it was ranked fourth, Nigeria has remained in the unenviable third…

Mr Eseme Eyiboh, former member, House of Representatives

Akwa Ibom governor breached legislative autonomy – Eyiboh

A former member of the federal House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, has faulted Governor Udom Emmanuel’s surprise visit to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly a few days ago amidst a festering crisis in the assembly. Mr Emmanuel, accompanied by security officials and some youth, drove into the assembly…

Pastor urging journalists to say the truth to authorities

2019: Be bold to tell truth to authorities, pastor urges journalists

Journalists in Nigeria have been urged to hold political leaders accountable for their actions and be ready to tell truth to powers, as the country prepares for general elections in February. "As we are moving towards 2019 elections, I want you to see yourselves as ambassadors of righteousness," Samuel Udia,…

Rivers state on map

Nigeria Army investigates discovery of “militia camp” in Rivers

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has ordered an investigation into the discovery of a "militia camp" in Rivers State, Nigeria’s South-south, the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said in a statement issued on Friday. Troops from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said it discovered the…

Mr Nse Ntuen on hospital bed after the fracas at Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

Akwa Ibom factional ‘speaker’ hospitalised after clash at state assembly

Nse Ntuen, a lawmaker who leads a five-member faction at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has been admitted in hospital for injuries sustained during a violent clash at the assembly on Tuesday. Mr Ntuen (Essien Udim State Constituency), and four other lawmakers formed a faction after they were…

Police chief says governor lied about Akwa Ibom assembly crisis

The commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom state, Musa Kimo, has dismissed as "false and unfounded", Governor Udom Emmanuel’s claims that he protected and assisted “thugs” to gain access to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during the Tuesday’s fracas at the assembly. Five sacked lawmakers, who are members…

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom governor accuses Akpabio of being behind the state assembly crisis

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has accused a senator, Godswill Akpabio, of being responsible for the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly. Mr Akpabio has, however, dismissed the accusation, saying “the brazen act of lawlessness by the governor” was responsible for the crisis. The Akwa Ibom…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Akwa Ibom Violence: Governor wants police commissioner redeployed

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has asked the police headquarters in Abuja to immediately withdraw the commissioner of police in the state, Musa Kimo. The officer has been accused of taking side with the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the House of Assembly crisis in the state. Mr…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Akwa Ibom governor leads security officials to chase away APC lawmakers

The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly was again thrown into turmoil on Tuesday as a faction made up of five All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers clashed with those loyal to Onofiok Luke, the Speaker, at the assembly premises. The APC lawmakers, Tuesday morning, made their way into the House chambers…

Victor Attah (left) with Governor Udom Emmanuel (right) at the state banquet organised in Uyo to mark Mr Attah's 80th birthday1

Akwa Ibom names airport after ex-Governor Victor Attah

The Akwa Ibom state government has named the Ibom International Airport after Victor Attah, the second civilian governor of the state. Mr Attah, widely revered as the “father of modern Akwa Ibom”, conceived and began building the airport when he was governor between 1999 and 2007. The airport, managed by…

John AkpanUdoedehe

2019: Akwa Ibom APC guber aspirant makes u-turn, accepts primaries result 

A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has appealed to his supporters to put aside their grievances and support the party in the forthcoming general elections. Mr Udoedehe, a former senator, had earlier rejected the governorship primary won by Nsima Ekere,…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

CLO cautions against withdrawal of police from Akwa Ibom Assembly

A human rights group, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), has cautioned against the withdrawal of police from the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly premises, saying such moves could leave room for an attack by hoodlums. The police on Friday vacated the assembly after barricading the road leading to the complex…

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Amidst Assembly crisis, Akwa Ibom gets new police commissioner

A new commissioner of police has been appointed for Akwa Ibom state. He is Musa Kimo, the spokesperson of the police in the state, Odiko MacDon, said in a statement on Friday. Mr Kimo takes over from John Abang, whose transfer is linked to the crisis in the Akwa Ibom…

Police vacate Akwa Ibom assembly premises

The gate of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Uyo, is now open for members of the public to go into the assembly complex, three days after the police sealed it off, following a crisis over the defection of five lawmakers. When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited the assembly…

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Why Akwa Ibom Assembly can’t obey court order on sacked lawmaker – Governor’s aide

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly cannot implement a court order asking it to stay an order sacking a state lawmaker who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), an aide to the governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said. A lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, who…

Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke

Court stays action on own order sacking lawmaker who defected from PDP to APC

An Uyo Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday put the brakes on its earlier decision sacking a state lawmaker who defected from the Peoples' Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Idongesit Ituen, the lawmaker, represented Itu State Constituency before he was sacked by a November 14 ruling…

Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke

APC says it will no longer recognise Akwa Ibom Speaker

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State says it will no longer recognise Onofiok Luke as the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. The chairman of APC in the state, Ini Okopido, stated this on Wednesday while briefing reporters on the crisis rocking the state assembly. Five…

Nigerian police force

Police seal off Akwa Ibom House of Assembly

The police in Akwa Ibom State have sealed off the premises of the state's House of Assembly. The reason for the police's action is still unclear. When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited the vicinity of the assembly complex at Udo Udoma Avenue on Wednesday morning, police trucks were seen barricading…

Ibrahim Idris

UPDATED: I haven’t received official information on my reported transfer – Akwa Ibom police commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, John Abang, has reacted to the information being circulated on the social media that he has been transferred out of the state following the violent protest on Monday at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. Angry youth, who are supporters of the…

Former Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah. [Photo credit: Daily POst]

Akwa Ibom Assembly asks Gov Emmanuel to name airport after Attah

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday passed a motion, urging the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to name the Ibom International Airport after the second civilian governor of the state, Victor Attah, says a statement from the spokesperson to the speaker, Kufre Okon. Mr Attah will be 80…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Akwa Ibom Assembly sacks four more lawmakers who defected from PDP to APC

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday sacked four more lawmakers who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The speaker, Onofiok Luke, announced their sack during plenary, according to a statement from the spokesperson of the speaker, Kufre Okon. The affected…

APC youth protesting at the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly

APC youth protest at Akwa Ibom Assembly over lawmaker’s sack

A crowd of youth, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday morning, protested at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly over the sacking of a lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The protesters carried placards calling on…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Champion Newspapers Limited]

2019: Akwa Ibom student group endorses Buhari, Ekere

The National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election. The group made known its endorsement of Mr Buhari during an event on Saturday in Uyo to mark the International Students’ Day. The group, which praised Mr Buhari for his administration’s anti-corruption…