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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Man receiving beating from a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State.

Video: Man flogged for allegedly “insulting” LG chairman

Two video clips currently circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook have captured two men flogging a man whom they accused of insulting a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to ascertain the date and the location of the incident in the video. The two men in…

Governor Nyesom wike

Wike’s ex-commissioner mocks him, accuses governor of using poverty to manipulate people

A former commissioner in Rivers State, Austin Tam-George, has lashed out at the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike in the state. Mr Tam-George, who served briefly as commissioner for information before he resigned his appointment in Mr Wike’s first tenure, posted on Facebook, July 14, an imaginary conversation between the…

Mr Nnimmo Bassey presenting his speech at University of York, England

It’s treasonable to remain silent in times like this – Nnimmo Bassey

A renowned environmental activist in Nigeria, Nnimmo Bassey, has called on the global community to speak up against “oppression and wickedness” in different nations of the world. Mr Bassey, a director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, has been involved in decades of a campaign against oil…

Edo Obaseki and Oshiomhole

Obaseki-Oshiomhole feud beyond me – Edo APC chairman

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Anselem Ojesua, has said he is incapable of brokering peace between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. The feud between Mr Oshiomhole and Mr Obaseki is deepening, with the state assembly…

Aircraftman Bashir Umar (Nigerian Air Force)

Nigerian Air Force rewards officer who returned missing 37,000 Euros

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it is set to reward one of its personnel, Bashir Umar, who found some missing foreign currency – 37,000 Euros – and returned it to its owner. Mr Umar, an aircraftman, is a member of the NAF Mobile Air Defence Team deployed to Kano…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Edo lawmakers ‘abducted’, ‘forced’ to take part in controversial inauguration, lawmaker alleges

A lawmaker-elect in the Edo House of Assembly, Vincent Uwadia, has alleged that some of the state lawmakers were "abducted" and "forced" to participate in the assembly’s inauguration. The Edo assembly is yet to commence legislative business because of the crisis that followed its controversial inauguration on June 17. Nine…

Family photo showing the late Colonel Ken Elemele with his wife and children Photo credit_Rivers govt

Children of colonel killed by Boko Haram get support from Rivers govt

The Rivers State Government has announced an education trust fund for the children of an army colonel killed recently by Boko Haram. PREMIUM TIMES reported the killing of a colonel and five other soldiers along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway on Wednesday by Boko Haram fighters. The military authorities later confirmed the killing…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Governor Obaseki dares ‘Abuja politicians’ amid feud with Oshiomhole

The wrangling within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has degenerated further, with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, accusing the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and his supporters of plotting to “invade” the state. Mr Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo, helped Mr Obaseki to…

Mr Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, Nigerian lawmaker representing Ikono-Ini Federal Constituency

Nigerian lawmaker appoints 50 aides

A federal lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, has recruited 50 people to serve as personal aides. Akwa Ibom, despite huge oil wealth, is one of the states with the highest unemployment rates in Nigeria. Employing 50 people in a single move by a lawmaker is seen as record-breaking…

Edo State House of Assembly

Edo speaker reacts to lawmakers’ decision to investigate assembly crisis

The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has reacted to a decision by the House of Representatives to investigate the crisis in the state assembly. The assembly crisis is a fallout of the rift between the Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the National Chairman of the…

Journalists at the church thanksgiving service, Ibesikpo-Asutan, Akwa Ibom

Resign if you can’t defend the truth, cleric tells journalists

A cleric in Akwa Ibom has called on Nigerian journalists to resign from the profession if they are not ready to stand on the side of the truth and the people. The cleric said the struggle for the soul of the Nigerian nation has entered “a critical stage” and that…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Gov Obaseki denies rift with Oshiomhole

Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has denied having a feud with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who is the All Progressives Congress national chairman. Available evidence, however, contradict Mr Obaseki’s position. “I don’t have any feud with the national chairman,” the Nation newspaper quoted Mr Obaseki as telling reporters on Saturday in…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Father allegedly drugs, rapes 15-year-old daughter

A Nigerian man who allegedly drugged and raped his 15-year-old daughter is being investigated by the police. The suspect is said to be 39 years old. The victim was forced to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the father, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. A non-governmental organisation, Behind Bars Rights…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

APC lawmaker accuses party’s governor of ‘gangsterism’

A lawmaker-elect in Edo State, Washington Osifo, has accused the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, of “bringing back gangsterism” into the state politics. Mr Osifo, who is to represent Uhunmwode State Constituency, said Mr Obaseki has also brought “arrogance” into his administration in the state. “I have told people, this…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Oshiomhole-Obaseki rift deepens, as governor sacks eight commissioners

There is no letting up in the political fight between the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. Mr Obaseki, Wednesday, sacked eight commissioners from the state executive council. The sacked commissioners are loyalists of Mr Oshiomhole, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. They are…

A Catholic Church used to illustrate the story

Nigerian priest sues Catholic Church for accusing him of impregnating woman

A Nigerian Catholic priest has sued his church for accusing him of impregnating a woman. The priest, Charles Oyebade, filed the case since in 2018 at Ekpoma High court, Edo State, South-South Nigeria, after the church suspended him indefinitely over an alleged sexual affair with a woman named Cynthia Nnaji.…

Aluminium Roof used to illustrate the story.

N200 million-worth of substandard roofing sheets seized in Uyo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said it has seized substandard aluminium roofing sheets worth over N200 million from three aluminium companies in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The director in charge of compliance at SON, Obiora Manafa, said the seizure followed tip-off and weeks of surveillance and monitoring, according to…

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

Armouries in Government Houses: Governors react over Amosun’s claim

State governments across Nigeria have pushed back against claims by one of their former colleagues that they maintain armouries inside their respective official residences. Ibikunle Amosun, a former governor of Ogun State, made the disturbing allegation on Tuesday night as he struggled to extricate himself from a PREMIUM TIMES story…

Governor Nyesom wike

HIV/AIDS patients to get free treatment in Rivers

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has said people living with HIV/AIDS would henceforth receive free treatment in the state. Rivers is ranked third among the states with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, according to the Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) released in March this year.…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

You’re safe in Akwa Ibom, Governor Emmanuel assures NYSC members

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Akwa Ibom State have been assured of their safety and security. The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said on Thursday during the opening of the NYSC camp in the state that the security of the corps members “will continue to…

Edo Obaseki and Oshiomhole

It’s no longer secret, Oshiomhole, Governor Obaseki ‘at war’

The bubble finally seems to have burst for the ruling All Progressive Congress national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. After several weeks of controversies, it is now crystal clear that the relationship between Mr Oshiomhole, and his protégé, Mr Obaseki, has broken down. Mr Oshiomhole, a…

The blogger, Morgan Ukpong (middle) with his lawyer, Mr Ewa Okpo (right), after the court dismissed the case against him

Court frees Nigerian blogger accused of publishing defamatory claims against Akpabio

A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday dismissed a case of criminal defamation filed against a Nigerian blogger, Morgan Ukpong. Mr Ukpong publishes a popular blog, Sitippe Ke Akwa Ibom, which focuses on the happenings around Akwa Ibom State. He was arrested in December last year,…

Mr Gwamnishu Harrison, the head of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, holding the two-year-old rape victim

Landlord remanded in prison for allegedly raping tenant’s two-year-old daughter

A 39-year-old man in Delta State, South-south Nigeria, has been remanded in prison for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl. The man, identified as Emeka Okwuasa according to a court paper seen by PREMIUM TIMES was arraigned on Wednesday in a magistrate court, Nsukwa, Delta State, by the police. The case…

NDDC

Why EFCC interrogated our top officials – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has admitted that its top officials have been quizzed by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The acting managing director of the NDDC, Nelson Braimbraifa, and the executive director of finance, Chris Amadi, were questioned last week by the EFCC…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Why Wike, other politicians are attacking Nigerian army – Official

The sour relationship between the Nigerian army and the Rivers State government is not likely to end soon, it appears. A senior army official said on Sunday that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and other politicians were attacking the army because it “refused to compromise the integrity” of the…