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Cletus Ukpong, an assistant editor, covers the South-South region of Nigeria for Premium Times. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He can be reached through @CletusUkpong (Twitter); www.facebook.com/cukpong; and www.linkedin.com/in/cletus-ukpong-9309a036.

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Bayelsa 2015 Governorship Election – Live Updates

The Bayelsa State governorship election holds today, December 5. The election will be conducted in the eight local government areas of the state. According to the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, 20 political parties are fielding candidates in the election. However, analysts say the contest is between the candidates of…

Professor indicted by court for sexual assault, forgery, assumes duty as VC in Nigeria

Prof. Enefiok Essien on Monday assumed office as the fifth vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, despite his indictment for sexual assault and forgery by the Court of Appeal. PREMIUM TIMES had on November 8, 2015 exclusively reported the indictment of Mr. Essien in 2005 by…

Political killings still happening in Rivers, APC guber candidate, Peterside claims

The All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has said that more than 100 innocent people were killed during the presidential and the governorship elections in Rivers State, and that APC members in the state are still being killed seven months after the elections. Mr. Peterside said…

Akpabio did well, but I’ve done better – Akwa Ibom Gov. Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel has rejected the description of his administration as being an appendage of the former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio. Mr. Emmanuel said on Sunday in a radio broadcast to the people of the state, “Those who oppose my administration have claimed that we are an appendage of…

​Akwa Ibom leaders reject plan to build nuclear plant in the state

Akwa Ibom State leaders have once again rejected a federal government proposal to build a nuclear plant in the state. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, remains plagued by perennial shortage of electricity. Two proposed nuclear plants, conceived by the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, will generate over 1,200megawatts, the chairman, Nigeria Atomic…

EXCLUSIVE: UNIUYO VC asks education minister to suspend appointment of professor indicted for sexual assault

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Comfort Ekpo, has asked the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to suspend the inauguration of Enefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the university over his indictment by the Court of Appeal for sexual assault and forgery. Mr. Essien, a…

​Finally, Akpabio’s ‘world-class’ Akwa Ibom hospital opens 6 months after launch

The much talked-about “world-class” Akwa Ibom specialist hospital has finally begun operations, six months after it was hurriedly commissioned by former Governor Godswill Akpabio who left office May 29. The hospital, initially known as the Akwa Ibom 20th Anniversary Hospital, is now officially called Ibom Specialist Hospital. The hospital became…

Nigeria now third most terrorized country in the world – Report

Nigeria has been ranked third of the 162 countries of the world that have been worst hit by terrorist attacks, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index. The country, Africa’s largest oil producer, was ranked fourth in 2014. Going by the latest ranking, Nigeria is only better than two largely…

Akpabio gave us N3m “transport money” each after PDP caucus meetings – Ex-Minister

A former Nigerian minister and senator from Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has narrated how the state’s immediate past governor, Godswill Akpabio, regularly doled out huge amounts of money as "transport" to politicians, each time they had a political meeting. Mr. Udoedehe, a former Minister of State for FCT, said…

Nigerian activists ask Buhari to halt appointment of VC indicted for sexual harassment

A group, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to halt the appointment of Prof. Eniefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the University of Uyo over a court indictment for sexual assault and forgery. CSNAC, whose petition to…

EXCLUSIVE: Professor indicted by court for sexual assault, forgery appointed Vice-Chancellor of Nigerian federal university

The man designated the next vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, a federal government-owned institution, Prof. Enefiok Essien was indicted in 2005 for forgery and sexual assault by the Court of Appeal, court papers obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES have revealed. Mr. Essien, a 55-year old professor of commercial…

Godswill Akpabio

PDP primary that produced Akpabio as governor not credible – Gov Emmanuel’s aide

An aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel has attacked the credibility of the 2006 Peoples Democratic Party primaries that Godswill Akpabio won before he was eventually elected governor in 2007. Sampson Akpan, the Special Assistant on Media to the Akwa Ibom governor, accused the then chairman of PDP in Akwa Ibom…

Ex-Gov. Attah quits partisan politics, slams PDP

A former governor of Akwa Ibom State and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Attah, has announced his retirement from partisan politics. Mr. Attah, a member of PDP Board of Trustees, on Tuesday announced at a press conference in Uyo, the state capital, that he would be playing…

“Rigging of Rivers governorship election designed in Akwa Ibom” – Umana

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Okon Umana has said “the template for the rigging of Rivers State governorship election was designed in Akwa Ibom State, and put to use for electoral fraud in both states”. Mr. Umana…

FEATURES: Rare ‘Flying lizard’ sighted in Nigeria

A rare species of lizard, known as Neon blue-tailed tree lizard, has been spotted in a forest in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, about 49 years after it was first reported to have been seen in Nigeria. Known by its scientific name, Holaspis guentheri, the lizard is recorded in Global…

SSS detains newspaper publisher allegedly on orders of A’Ibom governor

The publisher and editor-in-chief of Global Post newspaper, Gideon Ekere, has been arrested by the Department of State Services allegedly on the orders of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State. Global Post, a weekly newspaper in Akwa Ibom State, had alleged in one of its recent editions that the…

Newspaper report calling Udom Emmanuel ‘armed robber governor’ stirs controversy in Akwa Ibom

A local newspaper in Akwa Ibom State, Global Concord, has stirred controversy in the state with a news headline calling Governor Udom Emmanuel ‘armed robber governor’. The controversial news headline, accompanied with a photograph of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State wearing a black suit with a red tie,…

Only one Nigerian university ranked among world’s top 800 universities

Only one Nigerian university is ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/2016 released this week. PREMIUM TIMES' analysis of the report showed that the University of Ibadan, Nigeria's oldest university, is ranked 601st of the world’s top 800…

Ex-senator slaps newspaper vendor inside Government House

A newspaper vendor in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital,  has alleged that a former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Anietie Okon, publicly assaulted him, slapping him multiple times The incident allegedly took place on Wednesday around the banquet hall of the Akwa Ibom Government House, Uyo, during the swearing-in…

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‎Non-arrival of foreign doctors delaying take-off of Akwa Ibom ‘world-class’ hospital — Akpabio

The delay in the arrival of foreign doctors, said to be waiting for clearance from relevant medical associations in Nigeria and work permit from the nation’s immigration service, is the main reason the 20th Anniversary Hospital in Akwa Ibom state is yet to start operation. A former governor of the…

Godswill Akpabio

How I died, resurrected and returned from the land of the dead — ex-Governor Akpabio

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has spoken publicly about the trauma he went through after the road crash in Abuja involving his car and a vehicle belonging to the United States Embassy in Nigeria. Mr. Akpabio, while addressing a large crowd of Akwa Ibom people, who gathered…