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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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Police foil bank robbery in Bayelsa

Police in Bayelsa said they prevented some gunmen from robbing a branch of Stanbic IBTC Bank at Kpanisa, Yenagoa. A statement issued on Wednesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat, said five gunmen scaled through the fence of the bank building at about 10.50pm on…

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of the Week

“I've no problem with states that want to make kidnapping punishable by death, but let them first apply it on politicians who kidnap government money.” -          Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (Source: Twitter) “One of the training​s I did not receive is that of a magician, but I am working very hard…

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Former House of Reps member, Kenneth Archibong, is dead

A former member of the House of Representatives, Kenneth Archibong, is dead. Bridget Archibong, the wife of the late politician, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES, Friday, that the husband passed on, Tuesday, in Abuja. Mr. Archibong, who represented Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency from 2011-2014, was from Itu Local Government Area, Akwa…

Segun Oni, Former Ekiti State Governor

SOUND BITES: 10 Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“It is strange that people will kill their fellow human beings, cut off their heads and take them away as if they were souvenirs.” -          The acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Segun Oni, said during his visit, with the National Working Committee of the party, to…

FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (centre), addressing a crowd of his supporters as he arrives Port Harcourt, the state capital immediately after the tribunal ruling, while his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo (left) and Bro. Felex Obuah – State PDP Chairman accompanying him at Omagwa International Airport.

Rivers Government demands release of SSG, Wike’s adviser

The Rivers State Government has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the Secretary to the State Government, Keneth Kobani, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Cyril Wite. Both men were reportedly arrested by the Nigerian military on Saturday during the re-run elections in the state.…

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Congo DRC writer, Fiston Mujila, wins Etisalat Prize For Literature

The winner for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature is Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Mr. Mujila, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, won the £15,000 prize with his debut novel, Tram 83. Mr. Mujila was unveiled at the award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday night. Two South Africans were finalists…

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Rivers Re-run: INEC suspends election in four local govts as violence rocks polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended the ongoing re-run elections in Bonny, Andoni, Gokana, and Khana local government areas of Rivers State. INEC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Nick Dazang, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the elections were suspended in the areas because of violence. Mr. Dazang said there…

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Rerun Election: Rivers Govt alleges fake result sheets; It’s not true, INEC says

The Independent National Electoral Commission has dismissed as false the allegations that fake result sheets were in circulation in Akuku-Toru, Tai, and Bonny local government areas, for the ongoing rerun elections in Rivers State. The Rivers State Government had in a statement Saturday said there were reports of widespread distribution…

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Caught in employment scam, CBN explains ‘secret recruitment’

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it opted for a secret process of hiring new staff in the past two years because the bank was doing “targeted recruitment”. The apex bank is at the centre of a recruitment scandal exposed by two newspapers. A news report published Wednesday by…

FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (centre), addressing a crowd of his supporters as he arrives Port Harcourt, the state capital immediately after the tribunal ruling, while his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo (left) and Bro. Felex Obuah – State PDP Chairman accompanying him at Omagwa International Airport.

Rivers rerun election: Gov. Wike seeks U.S., China help as tension mounts

Tension continues to mount in Rivers State, as the oil-rich state prepares for re-run elections for Senate, House of Representatives, and state House of Assembly, this weekend. Rivers, once a hotspot of the Niger-Delta crisis, has witnessed brutal politically linked killings, including beheadings, in the past few months. The All…

PIC. 1. FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT, SEN. DAVID MARK, CARRYING A BABY DURING HIS ASSESSMENT VISITS TO APA IDPS CAMP AND COMMUNITIES 

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SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of the Week

“If I had known Nigeria would find herself where we are today, I would have even taken the last drop of my blood to ensure it happened because it would have been in the greatest interest of the nation.” -          Former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu regretting the failed third…

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Cultists responsible for Rivers killings, Wike’s government insists

The Rivers State Government has again re-stated its position that a supremacy battle among rival cult gangs is the cause of killings in the state. The government, according to a statement from the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George, said it has been working with the police and other…

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How Obasanjo reacted when third term plot failed in 2006 – Ibrahim Mantu

A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, demonstrated sadness when the plot to extend his tenure beyond the two terms approved by the Constitution failed in 2006, a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, has said. Mr. Mantu, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party…

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Gunmen attack bank, police station in Bayelsa

Some unknown gunmen on Saturday attacked the Amassoma Police Division in Bayelsa state. The gunmen, according to information from the police, invaded the station at about 12:35a.m, with three speedboats. “Shortly afterwards, the hoodlums attacked the UBA Bank, Amassoma, damage the ATM machines and attempted to enter the bank, but…

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APC candidate withdraws from rerun poll, congratulates PDP candidate in advance

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the rerun election for Oron/Udung Uko State constituency of Akwa Ibom state, has withdrawn from the race, few hours to the poll. Voting in the election started at 8a.m. Saturday (today). Victor Okon told a press conference on Friday afternoon that he…

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Calabar explosion ‘kills 2’

Health workers at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital confirmed that two people were killed Friday by an explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria building, Calabar, Cross River state. A nurse in the hospital, who did not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak, told…

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Explosion rocks CBN building in Calabar

An explosion has been reported in the Central Bank of Nigeria building, along Calabar Road, Calabar, Cross River state, around 12:30pm on Friday. The cause of the explosion is unknown. A source at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, told PREMIUM TIMES that scores of injured persons were seen…

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Saraki’s trial resumes today; senate president says trial “borne from political mischief”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said the Code of Conduct Bureau defaulted in law by not giving him a chance to defend himself first at the bureau, before it went ahead to file charges against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. “Asit stands, Nigerians must ask…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Gov. Dickson unites Udenwa, Ohakim, Ihedioha, other Imo PDP leaders

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State have agreed to put aside their differences, and work together with the national leadership of the party for the conduct of the forthcoming congresses in the state. The peace agreement, facilitated by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who is…

Nnamdi Kanu

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“After this Sunday Oliseh debacle, we have definitely turned the corner. We are now going to start shopping for a well grounded and qualified foreign coach to tinker the team. Enough is enough.” -          President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick (Source: Vanguard newspaper) “I will rather die in…

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With Tarkwa Bay, Nigerians do not need holiday abroad – Ben Murray-Bruce

As part of his #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira campaign, Ben Murray-Bruce is asking holiday lovers in Nigeria to look within the country for some fun spots instead of travelling abroad. Mr. Murray-Bruce, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Nigerian senate, took to Twitter on Sunday to market Tarkwa Bay as a…

Osasu Igbinedion

INTERVIEW: We need justice for children having consensual sex with older persons – Osasu Igbinedion

Osasu Igbinedion, a broadcast journalist, is the host and executive producer of The Osasu Show, a programme that focuses on sustainable development in Africa, predominantly Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, she speaks about what Nigerian government could do to promote women and youth development in the country. PT:…

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Wike, APC trade words over March 19 election

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers state has responded to Governor Nyesom Wike’s allegation that the APC was planning to rig the March 19 rerun elections in the state. The APC said the governor’s accusation was a “smokescreen”. Mr. Wike, while receiving the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Ndowa Lale, who visited him on…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Governor Dickson’s sister rescued from abductors

The younger sister of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has been rescued by security agencies in the state after being kidnapped and held captive for more than two months. Nancy Dickson, 26, is said to have been rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors, according to a statement issued on…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

10 quotable quotes of the week

“We did not say we will employ, we said we will create jobs.” -          Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed speaking on APC campaign promises (Source: Channels TV) “If any INEC officer is bent on rigging the rerun elections, let him first tell his wife and children where his will is…