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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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Rerun Election: Rivers Govt alleges fake result sheets; It’s not true, INEC says

The Independent National Electoral Commission has dismissed as false the allegations that fake result sheets were in circulation in Akuku-Toru, Tai, and Bonny local government areas, for the ongoing rerun elections in Rivers State. The Rivers State Government had in a statement Saturday said there were reports of widespread distribution…

Godwin Emefiele

Caught in employment scam, CBN explains ‘secret recruitment’

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it opted for a secret process of hiring new staff in the past two years because the bank was doing “targeted recruitment”. The apex bank is at the centre of a recruitment scandal exposed by two newspapers. A news report published Wednesday by…

Rivers rerun election: Gov. Wike seeks U.S., China help as tension mounts

Tension continues to mount in Rivers State, as the oil-rich state prepares for re-run elections for Senate, House of Representatives, and state House of Assembly, this weekend. Rivers, once a hotspot of the Niger-Delta crisis, has witnessed brutal politically linked killings, including beheadings, in the past few months. The All…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of the Week

“If I had known Nigeria would find herself where we are today, I would have even taken the last drop of my blood to ensure it happened because it would have been in the greatest interest of the nation.” -          Former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu regretting the failed third…

Rivers state on map

Cultists responsible for Rivers killings, Wike’s government insists

The Rivers State Government has again re-stated its position that a supremacy battle among rival cult gangs is the cause of killings in the state. The government, according to a statement from the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George, said it has been working with the police and other…

How Obasanjo reacted when third term plot failed in 2006 – Ibrahim Mantu

A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, demonstrated sadness when the plot to extend his tenure beyond the two terms approved by the Constitution failed in 2006, a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, has said. Mr. Mantu, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party…

Gunmen attack bank, police station in Bayelsa

Some unknown gunmen on Saturday attacked the Amassoma Police Division in Bayelsa state. The gunmen, according to information from the police, invaded the station at about 12:35a.m, with three speedboats. “Shortly afterwards, the hoodlums attacked the UBA Bank, Amassoma, damage the ATM machines and attempted to enter the bank, but…

APC candidate withdraws from rerun poll, congratulates PDP candidate in advance

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the rerun election for Oron/Udung Uko State constituency of Akwa Ibom state, has withdrawn from the race, few hours to the poll. Voting in the election started at 8a.m. Saturday (today). Victor Okon told a press conference on Friday afternoon that he…

Calabar explosion ‘kills 2’

Health workers at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital confirmed that two people were killed Friday by an explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria building, Calabar, Cross River state. A nurse in the hospital, who did not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak, told…

CBN

Explosion rocks CBN building in Calabar

An explosion has been reported in the Central Bank of Nigeria building, along Calabar Road, Calabar, Cross River state, around 12:30pm on Friday. The cause of the explosion is unknown. A source at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, told PREMIUM TIMES that scores of injured persons were seen…

Saraki’s trial resumes today; senate president says trial “borne from political mischief”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said the Code of Conduct Bureau defaulted in law by not giving him a chance to defend himself first at the bureau, before it went ahead to file charges against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. “Asit stands, Nigerians must ask…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Gov. Dickson unites Udenwa, Ohakim, Ihedioha, other Imo PDP leaders

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State have agreed to put aside their differences, and work together with the national leadership of the party for the conduct of the forthcoming congresses in the state. The peace agreement, facilitated by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who is…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“After this Sunday Oliseh debacle, we have definitely turned the corner. We are now going to start shopping for a well grounded and qualified foreign coach to tinker the team. Enough is enough.” -          President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick (Source: Vanguard newspaper) “I will rather die in…

With Tarkwa Bay, Nigerians do not need holiday abroad – Ben Murray-Bruce

As part of his #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira campaign, Ben Murray-Bruce is asking holiday lovers in Nigeria to look within the country for some fun spots instead of travelling abroad. Mr. Murray-Bruce, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Nigerian senate, took to Twitter on Sunday to market Tarkwa Bay as a…

INTERVIEW: We need justice for children having consensual sex with older persons – Osasu Igbinedion

Osasu Igbinedion, a broadcast journalist, is the host and executive producer of The Osasu Show, a programme that focuses on sustainable development in Africa, predominantly Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, she speaks about what Nigerian government could do to promote women and youth development in the country. PT:…

Wike, APC trade words over March 19 election

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers state has responded to Governor Nyesom Wike’s allegation that the APC was planning to rig the March 19 rerun elections in the state. The APC said the governor’s accusation was a “smokescreen”. Mr. Wike, while receiving the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Ndowa Lale, who visited him on…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Governor Dickson’s sister rescued from abductors

The younger sister of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has been rescued by security agencies in the state after being kidnapped and held captive for more than two months. Nancy Dickson, 26, is said to have been rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors, according to a statement issued on…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

10 quotable quotes of the week

“We did not say we will employ, we said we will create jobs.” -          Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed speaking on APC campaign promises (Source: Channels TV) “If any INEC officer is bent on rigging the rerun elections, let him first tell his wife and children where his will is…

Five-year-old inspired mum to write Ibibio folktales

It was an innocent request from a little child. “Mommy, I want you to tell me Ibibio stories,” Abasiofon, who was just five years old, said to her mother as both prepared for bedtime. Ini Ubong was confused. She was used to entertaining her only child with familiar English folktales.…

Nigeria to offer free health services to 100 million Nigerians in two years – Minister

The Nigerian government will offer free healthcare to 100 million Nigerians in the next two years under the country’s new health agenda, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Pregnant women across Nigeria will also enjoy free antenatal and delivery services, particularly at the primary healthcare level, the government…

UNIUYO suspends ex-Vice Chancellor, Comfort Ekpo; moves to sack her

The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Comfort Ekpo, might be dismissed this week from the university over allegation of gross misconduct, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. Mrs. Ekpo, a professor of educational technology, whose five-year tenure as vice chancellor ended November last year,…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“If it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill the PDP, then by the grace of God, we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell.” -          Former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe disagreeing on the choice of former governor of Borno State, Modu…

Tears, sorrow and blood in Rivers community as “cultists” kill, behead residents

Three words – anguish, fear and helplessness – best described the atmosphere in Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state on Monday when PREMIUM TIMES visited the town. It had been about a week since armed men suspected to be cultists invaded it, killed some residents and chopped…

Police Officers

Mother of Rivers Commissioner freed by kidnappers

Patience Tam-George, the 85-year-old mother of Rivers State commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, has been freed after six days in captivity. The commissioner, Mr. Tam-George, in a text message to PREMIUM TIMES, said his mother was released late Thursday night. Tam-George did not give details about her release. He said…

I’m ready for Buhari if he comes after me – Fayose

The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has dared President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest him. Mr. Fayose said Mr. Buhari is a dictator. “They say he (Buhari) is coming after me, I am ready,” Mr. Fayose said, Friday, during an interview on The Osasu Show which was broadcast on AIT.…