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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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SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of the Week

“When they defeat you they will go to the next community, when they defeat that community they will go to another one, this is Ekiti Parapo war and it must be fought in the totality of our spirit. I stand by you, I stand for you and that is why…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian troops avert militant attack on Agip Oil pipeline – Spokesperson

The Nigerian Army says its troops prevented militants from blowing up Agip Oil pipeline at Gulobokri, Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. The troops from 343 Artillery Regiment of 2 Brigade, 82 Division, encountered some armed militants in two speed boats in the early hours on Sunday, the army said…

Police lift ban on youth elections In Rivers

The Police in Rivers State have announced the lifting of ban on youth elections in the state. The ban was imposed in April by the Police Commissioner, Musa Kimo, because of the security situation in the state then. Mr. Kimo announced the lifting of the ban through a statement issued…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

SOUND BITES: Top 10 Quotable Quotes of the Week

“If we operate separately, we will be defeated separately, but if we operate in unity, we will triumph as one.” -          Issa Aremu, the General Secretary, National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, decrying the division within the Nigeria Labour Congress over the current fuel hike in…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Bayelsa youths ‘arrest’ Agip oil pipeline vandals

The Bayelsa State Government on Monday said some armed youths from Ikienghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state had been arrested for allegedly vandalising a major oil pipeline in the state. The pipeline, which carries crude oil from the Agip Oil Company flow station at Tebidaba…

Police allege plans by factional leaders to attack PDP national secretariat

The police on Monday said it had received intelligence that “some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party have perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja” over the current leadership crisis within the party.…

Police uncover arms, ammunitions in car during search in Bayelsa

The police in Bayelsa State said its men found an automatic rifle, with five loaded magazines containing 197 rounds of ammunition hidden inside a vehicle, during a routine stop-and-search operation on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The car, a red Highlander Jeep with license plate number, SPR 386 AA, has…

How I was betrayed at PDP’s national convention in Port Harcourt — Ali Modu Sheriff

The crisis within the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is far from over, with Ali Modu Sheriff claiming he remained the national chairman of the party, despite being sacked by a national convention. Mr. Sheriff was sacked at the PDP convention held on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers…

PDP confirms suspension of National convention

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has announced the suspension of the party's national convention scheduled to take place in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Mr. Sheriff, who addressed journalists at around 3pm, Saturday, at the Conference Room of the Le Meridien Hotel, Port…

Governor Nyesom Wike addressing the press about the PDP national convention

​​INEC will observe PDP ​n​ational ​c​onvention ​despite court order – Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has insisted that the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party National Convention will hold Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state, despite a court order obtained by a faction of PDP against it. Mr. Wike, who is the chairman of the convention planning committee, said,…

NLC strike achieves partial success in Akwa Ibom

The nationwide strike initiated Wednesday by the Nigeria Labour Congress was partially successful in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State. The gates of the state secretariat, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, along Ibrahim Babangida Avenue, Uyo, remained closed as at 8am when civil servants turned up for work. The labour officials…

In Rivers, Nigerians pick poetry as weapon of protest amid national challenges

As Nigeria struggles with difficult times – no thanks to insurgency, senseless killings, mind-boggling corruption, hunger and poverty and so on – some citizens may have well decided to turn to poetry as their own weapon of protest. And really, the people who gathered recently in Port Harcourt, Rivers State,…

Nigeria Police Officers

Nigerian Police warn people with prohibited firearms to surrender them

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has warned Nigerians who are in possession of prohibited firearms to immediately surrender them to the police or be ready to face the law. The police in a statement on Tuesday listed prohibited firearms, under the Firearms Act, to include artillery, apparatus for the…

Bayelsa loses N24 billion annually to payroll fraudsters – Dickson

Bayelsa State loses about N24 billion every year to the activities of payroll fraudsters, the state governor, Seriake Dickson, has said. Mr. Dickson, who disclosed this during a live interview programme on Monday, in Yenagoa, also said his administration had paid over N100 billion in the last four years on…

Poor Nigerians never benefited from fuel subsidy – APC Chieftain, Umana

The All Progressives Congress candidate in the 2015 Akwa Ibom governorship election, Umana Okon Umana, has backed the federal government over the introduction of new pricing framework for petroleum products in the country. Mr. Umana, in an opinion article he sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, argued that fuel subsidy,…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of The Week

“No. I am not going to demand any apology from anybody. What I am demanding is the return of assets.” -          President Muhammadu Buhari on whether the UK Prime Minister David Cameron should apologise for describing Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country (Source: Premium Times)   “In Yorubaland, when an…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Dickson seeks to improve Bayelsa’s economy with tax from landed property

The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated a development tribunal, charged with the responsibility to ensure that the state government collects appropriate taxes and rates on landed properties and corporate businesses in the state. Bayelsa, like most states in Nigeria, have been experiencing cash crunch due to the global…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian troops capture wanted Boko Haram terrorist, arrest IDP with N1.9 million

The Nigerian Army says its troops have captured a wanted Boko Haram leader, Sulaiman Umaru. The acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said in a statement released on Saturday that the wanted terrorist, Mr. Umaru, was arrested at about 1.35pm on Friday, deep inside Sambisa forest, by troops from…

Akwa Ibom assembly wants beggars off Uyo streets

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state government to immediately remove beggars from the streets of Uyo, the state capital. The assembly, Thursday, unanimously passed a resolution to that effect, after hearing a motion brought before it by the member representing Oruk-Anam State Constituency, Udo Kieran. The…

Nigerian troops intercept another Boko Haram suicide bomber

The Nigerian army says troops from ​its 7 Division Garrison, on Wednesday intercepted​a​Boko Haram terrorist from detonating a suicide bomb in Sulaimanti community, in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State. A statement ​by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorist, armed with an Improvised Explosive Device…

Nigerian military vows to crush Niger Delta militant group

The Nigerian military has responded to the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has threatened to cripple the nation’s economy through targeted destruction of oil pipeline and kidnap of workers in the region. The Defence Headquarters, in a statement released on Tuesday by its acting Director of Information,…

Akpabio tightens control over Akwa Ibom PDP, brother named party’s deputy chair

Ibanga Akpabio, the younger brother to former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, has just ended his eight-year tenure as the secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom. The state congress of the party was held today, Tuesday, in Uyo, to elect new officers. But Mr. Akpabio, the former…

Herdsmen Attacks: Nigeria Police to hold “urgent” town hall meetings in every state

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed commissioners of police in Nigeria to convene urgent town hall meetings in their respective states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The meeting, the first of its kind to be organised by the Nigeria police, is part of strategic initiative aimed at…

Police arrest 3 kidnappers in Bayelsa

The police in Bayelsa State said it has arrested three suspected kidnappers in the state. The suspects – Junior Prince, 29, David Okpara, 23, and Samuel Yellow – were said to have abducted one Immaculate Nwachukwu at her husband’s home, in Otiotio, Yenagoa, on May 3, this year. Police said…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of The Week

“The most anti-human crime of kidnapping in all its ramifications, either for ransom or as a form of protest, remains a child of the Niger Delta. It was born and nurtured in the Niger Delta. Its roots go deep into the creeks.” -          Godwin Adindu, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor…