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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Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

‘There’s evidence COVID-19 exists in Cross River’, group claims

A group in Cross River State has claimed that there is evidence that coronavirus exists in the state despite the fact that Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has not announced any confirmed case of the viral infection in the South-South state. The group said the Cross River government has been…

Shell

Shell donates COVID-19 testing machines to Rivers – Official

Shell Petroleum Development Company has donated coronavirus testing machines to Rivers State. The medical equipment were presented to Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, by the representatives of Shell. “We thank you for supplying these medical equipment to the Rivers state government to fight the…

The new bombardier CRJ 900 in Ibom Air fleet

Ibom Air adds new aircraft to its fleet

Ibom Air, a commercial airline owned by the Akwa Ibom State government, has added another aircraft to its fleet. The new aircraft, a bombardier CRJ 900, arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from Calgary, Canada, at 10:48 p.m. on Tuesday, the airline management said in a statement on Wednesday.…

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

Coronavirus: Abia turns back youth hiding inside truck loaded with cattle

The Abia State government, Tuesday, turned back some youth who wanted to enter the South East state in violation of a lockdown order in the state. The youth, traveling from the north, were caught hiding inside a truck loaded with cattle, an official of the Abia state government told PREMIUM…

Nigeria Police Force

Family alleges deceased Nigeria police officer murdered by colleagues

A controversy is brewing over the death of a police chief in Cross River state, South-South Nigeria. Gabriel Amawu, a superintendent of police, was the head of the police division in Obudu, northern Cross River State, when he died of a gunshot wound at his station around 9 p.m. on…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Coronavirus: Wike gives conditions for oil workers seeking entry into Rivers

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has introduced measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus in the state, including making it mandatory for everyone in the state to wear a face mask whenever they are in the public. Mr Wike, in a state-wide broadcast on Monday, said “All inward-bound…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.[PHOTO CREDIT: @MrUdomEmmanuel]

Man who said Akwa Ibom commissioners were COVID-19 positive retracts statement

An Akwa Ibom man who made an unsubstantiated allegation that nine commissioners in Governor Udom Emmanuel's cabinet tested positive for the coronavirus has retracted his statement. George Udom published the remark against the commissioners, including a renowned hotelier, on Facebook. He was later arrested and charged with defamation. During his…

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COVID-19: Journalist spends seven days in SSS custody for ‘castigating’ Akwa Ibom commissioner

A sports reporter in Akwa Ibom State, Kufre Carter, has been in detention for seven days at the State Security Service (SSS) facility in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for allegedly making defamatory remarks against a commissioner in the state. Mr Carter, 27, works with XL 106.9 FM, a local radio…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

COVID-19: Nine pastors arrested in Bayelsa for holding church service

Nine pastors have been arrested in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria, for holding church service in alleged contravention of the lockdown order in the state. The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, signed an executive order recently barring people from leaving their home for one week beginning from April 27, except those…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

COVID-19: FG building labs in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, not in Rivers – Wike

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has once again claimed that the federal government has been unfair in its support to the federating states in the fight against the novel coronavirus. “NCDC is building laboratories in Lagos, Ogun and Kano, without building in Rivers State,” Mr Wike said on…

Akwa Ibom State University (Photo: AKSU website)

University lecturer, admin officer arraigned over Facebook posts against vice-chancellor

A university lecturer in Akwa Ibom State has been arraigned before a magistrate in Uyo for alleged defamatory remarks on Facebook against the vice-chancellor of his school. The lecturer, Eyo Eminue, teaches Political Science at Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat Enin. He was arraigned on a three-count charge on Wednesday…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Wike inaugurates task force on ‘border closure’

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday inaugurated a task force that would ensure people and vehicles are not allowed into the state except they are screened and cleared of COVID-19. Mr Wike, at the inauguration of the task force, accused security officials in the state of sabotaging the…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

COVID-19: Three test positive as 68-year-old woman dies in Akwa Ibom

Three more persons have tested positive for the coronavirus in Akwa Ibom State. The governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, disclosed this Thursday in Uyo while briefing reporters. Mr Emmanuel said the three new positive cases were discovered out of the 44 tests conducted. There are now six active cases…

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.[PHOTO CREDIT: @MrUdomEmmanuel]

Man arraigned in Akwa Ibom for saying govt commissioners have coronavirus

The police in Akwa Ibom State have arraigned a man for defamation of character after alleging on Facebook that nine commissioners in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s cabinet have tested positive for coronavirus. George Udom, 39, was on Monday arraigned before a magistrate in Uyo on a two-count charge. He is also…

Dr Dominic Ukpong, Commissioner for Health, Akwa Ibom State

Coronavirus: Nigerian state sacks epidemiologist for allegedly refusing to manipulate test figures

The Akwa Ibom State epidemiologist, Aniekeme Uwah, has been sacked by the state government under controversial circumstances. An epidemiologist is a medical professional whose focus is mainly on the study and containment of disease outbreak, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, within a population. Mr Uwah, a former chairman of the…

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is consulting stakeholders on other measures to halt Covid-19

Gov. Obaseki appoints new chief of staff

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has appointed a new chief of staff. He is Osaze Uzamere, the son of a former senator, Ehigie Uzamere, who represented Edo South Senatorial District between 2007 and 2011, according to a statement from Mr Obaseki’s spokesperson, Crusoe Osagie, on Saturday night. Mr Uzamere,…

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is consulting stakeholders on other measures to halt Covid-19

Governor Obaseki’s chief of staff resigns

Taiwo Akerele, the chief of staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, has resigned. Mr Akerele tendered his resignation letter to Mr Obaseki on Friday, a source who is conversant with the development told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday. Mr Akerele is said to be unhappy and frustrated with the lingering feud between the…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed said Nigerians not cooperating over measures to stop the Coronavirus spread

Lai Mohammed lied about police killing of petrol attendant – Abia govt

The Abia State Government has countered a claim made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, over the recent killing of a petrol attendant in the state. Mr Mohammed, during a recent briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 said the man was killed by a motorist, and not…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police sergeant shot dead by fellow officer

Tragedy occurred in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, on Wednesday, when a female police sergeant was shot dead by another officer. A statement from the police spokesperson in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, identified the victim as Lovender Elekwachi, who was serving at Eneka Police Division, Port Harcourt. She was shot while…

Lockdown: Residents assault electricity worker for trying to cut power supply

An official of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has been assaulted by some community youth in Akwa Ibom State for trying to cut power supply to their homes during the ongoing lockdown. The incident happened in Nkemba community in Uyo on Monday. The electricity company confirmed the incident in…

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Akwa Ibom shuts private hospital whose doctor died on suspicion of COVID-19

The Akwa Ibom State Government has shut down a private hospital in the state after its medical director died showing symptoms of the coronavirus. The hospital, San Dominique Hospital, is located in Uyo. Dominic Essien, the medical director of the hospital, “was sick with a week history of fever, cough…

Mozambique-police

Lockdown: Police officers beat man to death ‘for threatening to film them playing football’

Two police officers in Mozambique have reportedly beaten a man to death for threatening to film them playing football in contravention of the restriction in the country. The victim, identified as Abdul Razak, 44, was said to have confronted the officers on Sunday in the Munhava area of Beira, one…

New isolation centre under construction in Uruan, Akwa Ibom state

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom govt building new 300-bed isolation centre

The Akwa Ibom state government is building a new isolation centre to add to the existing two isolation centres in the state because of the novel coronavirus. There are nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Akwa Ibom as of April 22. The new centre, located at the General Hospital,…

Mr Sampson Akpan, media aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state.

INTERVIEW: This is not time for people to eat like glutton – Akwa Ibom governor’s aide

Sampson Akpan, a media aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, stirred controversy during a radio programme in Uyo, April 21, when he said “Government says stay at home, please stay at home. They give you palliative, manage it. Don’t eat it as a glutton, some of you…

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

Coronavirus: Abia index cases have no history of travel – Governor Ikpeazu

Two persons who have tested positive for coronavirus in Abia, South-east Nigeria, have no previous history of travelling abroad at least in the recent past, the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said. The state recorded its first two cases of the viral infection on Monday, Mr Ikpeazu told journalists…