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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Man arrested for allegedly raping, killing eight-year-old girl

The police in Rivers State have arrested a man for allegedly killing an eight-year-old girl in the state for ritual purpose. The police spokesperson in the state, Omoni Nnamdi, said in a statement issued on Saturday that Ifeanyi Dike, 23, allegedly abducted the little girl, Chikamso Victory, on Friday. The…

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Bayelsa govt condemns killing at APC function

The government of Bayelsa State has condemned the death which occurred in the state, Friday, during the inauguration of the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. The government said it would not stand by and watch the APC members unleash terror and violence on innocent…

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VIDEO: Dilapidated car with only three tyres sighted driving on Nigerian road

Unbelievable! A car with only three tyres is seen in a video driving on a Nigerian road. The video which captured the wagon, with license plate number NW 192 KJA, jerking along dangerously on a highway was posted on Twitter by Henry Okelue (@4eyedmonk), Friday. It was only the car…

Exotic cars impounded by Nigeria Customs

Nigerian Customs intercepts exotic cars, other contrabands in Owerri

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the seizure of some exotic cars smuggled into the country recently. The Customs, which posted photos of the cars on its Facebook page on Friday, said the cars were intercepted by the Federal Operations Units, Zone ‘C’ Owerri. It said other contrabands such as…

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Catholic Church excommunicates Nigerian priest who resigned recently

The Catholic Church in Nigeria has excommunicated a priest who recently quit the Church. The Church said it was by the notice stripping the priest of all privileges accruing to a leader of the Church. Patrick Edet, who served in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, had announced…

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoniland

MOSOP, others decry slow pace of Ogoni clean-up

Fourteen months after the clean-up project of Ogoni land embarked upon by the Nigerian government, and recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, stakeholders appear disillusioned at the slow pace of work. Although the government has put up some structures like a Governing Council, Board of Trustees, Technical Committee…

Governor Udom Emmanuel pays unscheduled visit to Uyo market

Akwa Ibom governor doles out cash to residents after ‘historic’ anti-govt protest

Surprise, excitement, and expectation reigned over the Akpan Andem Market in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Tuesday as Governor Udom Emmanuel paid an unscheduled visit to the market. A governor or even ranking state official hardly visits any market in the state except during political campaigns. Mr. Emmanuel’s visit was…

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Operator terminates Le Meridien Ibom Hotel contract with Akwa Ibom govt

Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the operator of the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom State, has terminated its contract with the Akwa Ibom State government. Starwood, in a letter written on August 13 to the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, and other state officials, said the agreement…

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Protest in Uyo against Gov Emmanuel’s plan to build new Governor’s Lodge

Despite pressure and threats from persons suspected to be agents of the Akwa Ibom State government, the Lagos-based rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, successfully mobilised people into the streets of Uyo on Monday to protest against Governor Udom Emmanuel’s plan to build a new governor’s lodge in Lagos. Akwa Ibom State…

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“Giving in the church does not bring additional money to you,” Pastor tells congregants

A Pentecostal pastor in Nigeria, Abel Damina, has said that Christians who give money to churches and in turn expect to become rich were only living in a fantasy because, “God does not multiply your money.” “What multiplies your money is work,” Mr. Damina said in a video which has…

Edwin Clark briefing reporters

MEND announces pull out from Edwin Clark led-PANDEF negotiating with Nigerian govt

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has announced its withdrawal from the Pan Niger Delta Front, PANDEF. PANDEF is a common platform used by the leaders of the troubled region to negotiate with the federal government for a peaceful settlement of the conflicts and the development…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

How programme brochure sets off political storm in Akwa Ibom

The political rivalry between Governor Udom Emmanuel and the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Nsima Ekere, intensified last week, no thanks to the programme brochure circulated during the church thanksgiving service organised by Mr Ekere in his Ikot Abasi hometown, Akwa Ibom State. The church service, held on…

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VIDEO: Drama as female university student holds man ‘hostage’ on campus for allegedly refusing to pay for sex

A dramatic scene played out at the town campus of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday afternoon when a female student of the school held a man ‘hostage’ for refusing to pay her after he allegedly had sex with her. The incident, which took place in front…

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Paris Club refund: Court freezes Delta’s $27.2 million, N3 billion

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has frozen the bank account of the Delta State government over a dispute surrounding the money the state received as its share of the Paris-London Club loan refund. The court presided by Justice Y. Halilu issued an interim order, August 1,…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor reacts to sack of all council chairpersons by court

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has faulted a recent court judgment which sacked the caretaker chairmen in all the local government areas in the state. The 31 local governments in the state have been run for about two years now by chairpersons handpicked by Mr. Emmanuel. A State High Court at…

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Despite Ibori’s conviction for corruption, Delta Governor Okowa celebrates him at 58

Despite being an ex-convict, the former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has continued to enjoy loyalty and respect from the political class in the state. Mr. Ibori was convicted of corruption and money laundering in the U.K in 2012 and was jailed for 13 years. He came back to…

Patrick Edet

Nigerian Priest quits Catholic Church, says “I want to go to heaven when I die”

A Catholic priest in Nigeria stunned radio listeners when he announced on a live programme that he was quitting the Catholic Church. Patrick Edet, who served under the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Court sacks all Akwa Ibom council chairpersons, declares their appointments illegal

A court in Akwa Ibom State has declared as illegal, the local government caretaker committees in the state. The 31 local governments in the state have been run for about two years now by chairpersons handpicked by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel. A State High Court at the Abak Judicial…

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Osinbajo orders 24 hours power supply for Ariaria Market Aba

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to intervene and ensure that the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia States, enjoys 24 hours supply of electric power. The city of Aba is noted for its huge commercial activities, while the Ariaria Market…

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NIMASA chief, Dakuku Peterside, attacks Wike over revocation of hotel’s C of O

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, has criticised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over his recent revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt. Mr. Wike said he revoked Novetel’s C of O because the hotel…

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Aluu four: Police sergeant, two others sentenced to death for killing UNIPORT students

After four years of tension, anxiety and court trial, justice finally came for the four students of the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, who were brutally killed in Aluu community, Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State, in October 2012. A Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, on Monday sentenced…

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We have overwhelming evidence of corruption against Amaechi, says Wike

There seems to be no end in sight for the corruption accusation and counter-accusation between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi. Mr. Wike said on Monday that there was “overwhelming” evidence of corruption against Mr. Amaechi, who is a stalwart…

L-R: Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo during an airport reception for the Acting President in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

APC attacks Wike for allegedly asking Osinbajo to inaugurate motor park, market stalls

The Rivers State branch of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has attacked the state governor, Nyesom Wike, for allegedly asking the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to inaugurate a motor park and a market said to have been newly built in the state by the state government. Mr Osinbajo visited the…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki reacts to ‘sacking’ of civil servant who criticised him

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has reacted to a media report which alleged that a civil servant in Kwara State was sacked from service for reportedly criticizing him on Facebook. The report on the social media, which gave the name of the civil servant as Biodun Baba, said he was…

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Senate proposes amendment to clarify qualification for NDDC board appointment

The Nigerian Senate is proposing an amendment to the law establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to clarify who is qualified for appointment into the board of the commission. Section 2 (1) b of the Act establishing the NDDC reads: “There is hereby established for the Commission a governing…