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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Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan replies ex-U.K Prime minister’s allegation over Chibok girls

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied that his administration rejected a British offer to rescue Chibok girls, as alleged by a former U.K. prime minister, David Cameron. Mr Cameron in some scathing remarks over Mr Jonathan’s handling of the kidnapped of over 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in 2014, said…

The journalist, Mary Ekere

Akwa Ibom suspends task force that arrested journalist over photos

The Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency has announced the suspension of its task force. The agency, headed by Prince Ikim, made headline some weeks ago when the task force arrested a female journalist, Mary Ekere, and threw her into jail under controversial circumstances for taking photos…

Police on patrol

People don’t call to inform us of robbery operations – Police

The residents of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, could somehow be blamed for some robbery incidents in the city, the police in the state seemed to be saying. There have been reports of armed gangs moving from street to street in some areas of Uyo, assaulting and robbing…

Human heart (Photo Credit: Huffington Post)

Experts express concern over rise in cardiac diseases in Nigeria

The Nigerian Cardiac Society (NCS) has expressed concern over a rise in cardiac diseases in the country. The NCS, at its 48th annual general meeting and scientific conference held last month in Enugu State, noted that hypertension remains the most important cardiovascular disease risk factor in Nigeria. “Hypertension affects more…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

Court denies detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, bail

The Federal High Court, Calabar, has denied a journalist, Agba Jalingo, bail. Justice Simon Amobeda on Friday afternoon ruled that the charges against Mr Jalingo were grave with one carrying capital punishment. The judge also ruled that there was no substantial evidence to show that Mr Jalingo’s health was failing.…

Mr Agba Jalingo inside the courtroom on Friday

Nigerian Journalist, Agba Jalingo, arrives court in handcuff

Detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, on Friday morning arrived at the Federal High Court, Calabar, for a ruling on his bail application in a handcuff. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of the online CrossRiverWatch, has been in prison in Calabar. He is charged with treason over a report about an alleged…

Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH)

Suspected cultists kill university student in Calabar

A student of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Cross River State, was shot dead on Thursday afternoon by suspected cultists, the police spokesperson in the state, Irene Ugbo, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. The victim, identified as a final year student in the faculty of education, was said to…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

Nigerian court to rule on detained journalist, Agba Jalingo’s bail Friday

The Federal High Court, Calabar, will this Friday rule on a bail application by the incarcerated journalist, Agba Jalingo. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, an online newspaper, with a focus on Cross River State, is in prison in Calabar. He is charged with treason, over a report about an…

Mr Okodi Okodi, journalist with Inspiration FM, Uyo

Police arrest, molest two Nigerian journalists covering protest

Two journalists covering a protest in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria, have been arrested and molested by the police. Okodi Okodi and Owoidoho Udofia, who were detained briefly, said they sustained injuries from their encounter with the police. The journalists work with a private radio station, Inspiration FM, in Uyo.…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

Nigerian journalist writes from prison, says “dictatorship has never defeated a determined people”

Agba Jalingo, incarcerated Nigerian journalist, has sent a message of “hope” to the people of Cross River State, urging them to remain steadfast against “dictatorship”. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, an online newspaper with a focus on Cross River State, is in prison in Calabar. He is charged with…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Bayelsa Assembly Speaker impeached

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Isenah, has reportedly been impeached. A report published by the Nation newspaper said Mr Isenah has been replaced with a lawmaker representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, Monday Obolo. There are reports of shooting around the assembly premises. The Nation quoted…

Mr Joseph Odok

Police arrest another critic of Gov. Ayade, accuse him of ‘terrorism’

The police have arrested a Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Odok, over allegation of ‘terrorism’. He has been in police detention in Calabar, Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, for four days now. Mr Odok, a native of the state, is an avowed critic of Governor Ben Ayade. He was arrested by two…

Members of Qua Iboe Church being locked out by the women who protested at the church premises on Saturday

Police seal off governor’s church

The police have sealed off a church in Uyo where the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, worships. Armed police officers in 10 trucks arrived Qua Iboe Church at 112 Ikot Ekpene Road early Sunday morning and barricaded the church entrance, preventing worshippers from entering the premises. A woman with her…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

El-Rufai says ex-Senator ‘may not be good enough for Kaduna civil service’

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday took to Twitter to mock a former senator from the state, Shehu Sani. Both men are political rivals, although they were members of the same ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) before Mr Sani defected to Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to contest the 2019…

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Ufot Ekaette. [PHOTO CREDIT: The News Nigeria]

Ufot Ekaette, former SGF, is dead

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Ufot Ekaette, is dead. Mr Ekaette, 80, from Akwa Ibom State, was once a deputy governor of the state in the era of military rule in Nigeria. He was appointed SGF in May 1999 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.…

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Osinbajo's official twitter account]

False Allegations: Osinbajo threatens to sue Google, Vanguard apologises

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has threatened to sue Google over 'false allegations' made against him on a YouTube page. A video report published on September 20 on the video-sharing site by Roots TV Nigeria alleged that Mr Osinbajo “used” federal agencies under his supervision as vice president “to stack…

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Nigerian judge forces journalist to delete photos from phone

The court in Akwa Ibom on September 19 struck out the case against Mary Ekere, the journalist who was thrown into jail for two nights for taking photos of the state task force officials raiding a shop. The state attorney general, Uwemedimo Nwoko, intervened in the case based on a…

Governor Udom Emmanuel at the maiden Akwa Ibom Education Summit

Governor Emmanuel advises journalists against ‘de-marketing’ Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has advised journalists in the state to be objective in their practice, and shun reports capable of portraying the state and its leaders in a bad light. Mr Emmanuel gave the advice on Monday during his state-wide broadcast to mark the 32nd anniversary of the…

Tunde Bakare

TRENDING: I’ll succeed Buhari as president — Tunde Bakare

A popular Pentecostal pastor in Nigeria, Tunde Bakare, has declared his intention to run for the country’s president in 2023. Mr Bakare, a senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, said in a video circulating on Facebook and Twitter that there was a divine arrangement for him to become Nigeria’s…

Gov Udom Emmanuel (on white) showing the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo around a newly constructed flour mill in the state

Akwa Ibom is ‘Nigeria’s best-kept Secret’ – Governor Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said the state has made meaningful progress since its creation 32 years. Akwa Ibom, created out of the then Cross River state on September 23, 1987 by the Ibrahim Babangida-led military administration, has a vast deposit of oil and gas, and is one of…

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Don’t give up on us, APC begs Akwa Ibom residents

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akwa Ibom State, has reacted to its loss at the governorship election petition tribunal, appealing to its members and supporters “not to give up hope on the party”. The three-member tribunal on Thursday in Uyo declared that the petition filed by the governorship candidate…

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom govt frees journalist after spending two nights in jail

Mary Ekere, the journalist who was thrown into jail by the Akwa Ibom government for taking photos of task force officials, has been set free. Ms Ekere, who reports for The Post, a local newspaper in Akwa Ibom, was assaulted and arrested on Monday in Uyo while taking photos of…

The journalist, Mary Ekere

Akwa Ibom govt throws journalist in jail for taking photos

A female journalist in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria, has been thrown into jail for taking photos of task force officials who raided a city spot. The spot is said to be notorious for illegal street-trading. The journalist, Mary Ekere, has so far spent two nights in the prison as…

Mr Imoh Williams (standing), the suspended chairman of Abak Local Govt Area, Akwa Ibom State, giving his testimony before lawmakers

Akwa Ibom Assembly reinstates suspended LGA chairman

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Tuesday re-instated the chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Imoh Williams, who had been on suspension following an assault on an artisan. Godwin Abraham, who makes a living decorating event venues, was flogged in April at the secretariat of the Abak local…

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Xenophobia: South African minister blames leaders of Nigeria, other African countries

While the tensions raised by the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa are yet to fizzle out, a top official of the South African government has dished out bitter words for African leaders whose citizens migrate to South Africa. Nigerians make up a large number of African…