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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Prof. Enefiok Essien

Nigeria raises panel to probe Vice Chancellor indicted for sexual assault, forgery

The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated a panel to investigate the controversies surrounding the appointment of Professor Eniefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the University of Uyo despite the Court of Appeal indicting him for sexual assault and forgery. The panel on Mr. Essien was among…

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Why we are probing Bayelsa election ‘killings’ – Bayelsa govt

The Bayelsa State government has said that its intention in setting up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the alleged killings during the governorship election in the state was to “show respect to the lives of the Bayelsa people and to forestall a repeat of atrocities that took place…

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Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria is dead

The Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Joshua Okpo, is dead. Mr. Okpo died Tuesday in Abuja, where he had travelled to for an official business of the academy. A source at the academy told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Okpo was expected to be at the National Assembly on…

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BREAKING: Bayelsa: INEC cancels election in Southern Ijaw, declares election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission has cancelled Saturday's Bayelsa State governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area -- one of the state’s eight LGAs. The decision, which will soon be announced officially by INEC, means the elections are inconclusive. INEC said the decision was taken because of violence, the…

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Nigeria Police ban rallies, processions, protests in Bayelsa

The Nigeria Police Force has banned any form of procession, rally, protest or demonstration throughout Bayelsa state. A statement by Deputy Inspector General Hashimu Argungu, on Monday morning, said intelligence available to the police indicated that "some disgruntled elements" were planning to foment trouble in the form of illegitimate rallies.…

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Bayelsa Poll: PDP’s Seriake Dickson leads, as INEC announces results in 5 LGAs

Governor Seriake Dickson has a clear lead in the Bayelsa State governorship election, according to results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Mr. Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, won in four of the five local government areas announced on Sunday by INEC. He has…

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Bayelsa 2015 Governorship Election (RESULT) – Live Updates

The 2015 Bayelsa governorship elections is coming to an end and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is ready to start announcing the results from various local governments. PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Cletus Ukpong, is in Yenegoa to serve live updates. Live Blog [liveblog]

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Bayelsa Election: INEC staff held hostage at Governor Dickson’s local government

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday said its staff deployed to distribute electoral materials at Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa State were being held hostage. Sagbama is the home local government of incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in today's governorship election. Speaking…

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Bayelsa 2015 Governorship Election – Live Updates

The Bayelsa State governorship election holds today, December 5. The election will be conducted in the eight local government areas of the state. According to the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, 20 political parties are fielding candidates in the election. However, analysts say the contest is between the candidates of…

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Professor indicted by court for sexual assault, forgery, assumes duty as VC in Nigeria

Prof. Enefiok Essien on Monday assumed office as the fifth vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, despite his indictment for sexual assault and forgery by the Court of Appeal. PREMIUM TIMES had on November 8, 2015 exclusively reported the indictment of Mr. Essien in 2005 by…

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Political killings still happening in Rivers, APC guber candidate, Peterside claims

The All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has said that more than 100 innocent people were killed during the presidential and the governorship elections in Rivers State, and that APC members in the state are still being killed seven months after the elections. Mr. Peterside said…

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Akpabio did well, but I’ve done better – Akwa Ibom Gov. Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel has rejected the description of his administration as being an appendage of the former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio. Mr. Emmanuel said on Sunday in a radio broadcast to the people of the state, “Those who oppose my administration have claimed that we are an appendage of…

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​Akwa Ibom leaders reject plan to build nuclear plant in the state

Akwa Ibom State leaders have once again rejected a federal government proposal to build a nuclear plant in the state. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, remains plagued by perennial shortage of electricity. Two proposed nuclear plants, conceived by the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, will generate over 1,200megawatts, the chairman, Nigeria Atomic…

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EXCLUSIVE: UNIUYO VC asks education minister to suspend appointment of professor indicted for sexual assault

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Comfort Ekpo, has asked the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to suspend the inauguration of Enefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the university over his indictment by the Court of Appeal for sexual assault and forgery. Mr. Essien, a…

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​Finally, Akpabio’s ‘world-class’ Akwa Ibom hospital opens 6 months after launch

The much talked-about “world-class” Akwa Ibom specialist hospital has finally begun operations, six months after it was hurriedly commissioned by former Governor Godswill Akpabio who left office May 29. The hospital, initially known as the Akwa Ibom 20th Anniversary Hospital, is now officially called Ibom Specialist Hospital. The hospital became…

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Nigeria now third most terrorized country in the world – Report

Nigeria has been ranked third of the 162 countries of the world that have been worst hit by terrorist attacks, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index. The country, Africa’s largest oil producer, was ranked fourth in 2014. Going by the latest ranking, Nigeria is only better than two largely…

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Akpabio gave us N3m “transport money” each after PDP caucus meetings – Ex-Minister

A former Nigerian minister and senator from Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has narrated how the state’s immediate past governor, Godswill Akpabio, regularly doled out huge amounts of money as "transport" to politicians, each time they had a political meeting. Mr. Udoedehe, a former Minister of State for FCT, said…

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Nigerian activists ask Buhari to halt appointment of VC indicted for sexual harassment

A group, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to halt the appointment of Prof. Eniefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the University of Uyo over a court indictment for sexual assault and forgery. CSNAC, whose petition to…

Prof. Enefiok Essien

EXCLUSIVE: Professor indicted by court for sexual assault, forgery appointed Vice-Chancellor of Nigerian federal university

The man designated the next vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, a federal government-owned institution, Prof. Enefiok Essien was indicted in 2005 for forgery and sexual assault by the Court of Appeal, court papers obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES have revealed. Mr. Essien, a 55-year old professor of commercial…

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PDP primary that produced Akpabio as governor not credible – Gov Emmanuel’s aide

An aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel has attacked the credibility of the 2006 Peoples Democratic Party primaries that Godswill Akpabio won before he was eventually elected governor in 2007. Sampson Akpan, the Special Assistant on Media to the Akwa Ibom governor, accused the then chairman of PDP in Akwa Ibom…

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Ex-Gov. Attah quits partisan politics, slams PDP

A former governor of Akwa Ibom State and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Attah, has announced his retirement from partisan politics. Mr. Attah, a member of PDP Board of Trustees, on Tuesday announced at a press conference in Uyo, the state capital, that he would be playing…

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“Rigging of Rivers governorship election designed in Akwa Ibom” – Umana

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Okon Umana has said “the template for the rigging of Rivers State governorship election was designed in Akwa Ibom State, and put to use for electoral fraud in both states”. Mr. Umana…

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FEATURES: Rare ‘Flying lizard’ sighted in Nigeria

A rare species of lizard, known as Neon blue-tailed tree lizard, has been spotted in a forest in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, about 49 years after it was first reported to have been seen in Nigeria. Known by its scientific name, Holaspis guentheri, the lizard is recorded in Global…

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SSS detains newspaper publisher allegedly on orders of A’Ibom governor

The publisher and editor-in-chief of Global Post newspaper, Gideon Ekere, has been arrested by the Department of State Services allegedly on the orders of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State. Global Post, a weekly newspaper in Akwa Ibom State, had alleged in one of its recent editions that the…

NUJ Chairman, Akwa Ibom State, Patrick Albert, displaying a copy of the controversial Global Concord edition during an emergency meeting of publishers and editors in the state.

Newspaper report calling Udom Emmanuel ‘armed robber governor’ stirs controversy in Akwa Ibom

A local newspaper in Akwa Ibom State, Global Concord, has stirred controversy in the state with a news headline calling Governor Udom Emmanuel ‘armed robber governor’. The controversial news headline, accompanied with a photograph of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State wearing a black suit with a red tie,…