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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A bathtub used to illustrate the story

Thieves defecate inside bathtub after failed break-in

Some unidentified thieves who attempted to break into an apartment in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, did something quite odd – they defecated into a bathtub, before leaving the apartment. The apartment owner, who identified himself as Nkereuwem, a local trader, lives with his wife and children in a one-bedroom flat…

NDDC

Federal government sets up interim committee to run NDDC

The federal government has set up an interim management committee to run the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). This development was announced on Tuesday evening through a statement from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, inaugurated the committee on Tuesday in Abuja.…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

Police withdraw terrorism charges against lawyer detained for ‘criticising governor’

The Nigeria police on Tuesday withdrew terrorism charges against Joseph Odok, a lawyer and a known critic of Cross River governor, Ben Ayade. The prosecution counsel, Dennis Tarhemba, in a motion filed before the Federal High Court, Calabar, said they were withdrawing the charges because the police headquarters in Abuja…

APC Secretariat

Bayelsa Governorship: APC chieftain says own party candidate not good enough

Felix Oboro, a former senator from Bayelsa state and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, has said that choice of David Lyon as the APC governorship candidate in Bayelsa is not good for the party. Mr Lyon, a relatively unknown aspirant then, defeated five other…

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Journalists to file petition against Akwa Ibom judge

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, said it is going to file a petition against Margaret Ekpedoho, a magistrate in Akwa Ibom sanitation court who threw a journalist into jail under controversial circumstances. Mary Ekere, a female journalist who reports for a local newspaper in Uyo,…

NDDC was so corrupt, it was treated like ATM – Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, said corruption and political interference have disrupted the original purpose of setting up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Mr Akpabio, who spoke on Saturday in an interview programme with the NTA, said he was sure that those who founded the NDDC…

Ray Ekpu

Nigerian bloggers are lynch mobs, rumour merchants – Ray Ekpu

A renowned journalist and former editor-in-chief of the defunct Newswatch magazine, Ray Ekpu, has taken a swipe on bloggers in Nigeria, saying they have constituted themselves into “a problem for truth”. “…..We have the bloggers who seem to constitute a problem for truth. They speculate, exaggerate, distort, mislead, quote dishonest,…

Edo state map

Edo lawmaker-elect charged with forgery

Ugiagbe Dumez, a lawmaker-elect in Edo state, has been charged with forgery and impersonation. He is accused of forging a West African Senior School Certificate. Mr Dumez, elected to represent Ovia North East Constituency 1 in the Edo State House of Assembly, is among the lawmakers-elect yet to be inaugurated…

Timi Alaibe

Why people are leaving PDP in Bayelsa – Timi Alaibe

Timi Alaibe, one of the aspirants who lost out in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Bayelsa, has given the reason why some chieftains were leaving the party ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state. Some aides to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, are among…

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Akwa Ibom has enough money to pay N30, 000 minimum wage – NLC

Akwa Ibom State is wealthy enough and, therefore, should not be struggling to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage to workers in the state civil service, the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said. The NLC across Nigeria has been agitating for the implementation of the new…

Mr Joseph Odok

Nigerian lawyer slammed with terrorism charges for criticising state governor

Joseph Odok, a Nigerian lawyer and a well-known critic of the governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has been charged with terrorism. Mr Odok could be sentenced to death if found guilty. The lawyer was brought before the Federal High Court, Calabar, on Tuesday by the police in Cross…

Okoi Obono-Obla

ICPC declares former aide to President Buhari wanted

Okoi Obono-Obla, a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). Mr Obono-Obla headed a special panel on the recovery of government property before he was suspended by Mr Buhari in August over an allegation of corruption.…

Bank of Ghana

Nigeria counters fake message aimed at causing panic withdrawals from Ghanaian banks

The Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana, has urged Nigerians living in Ghana to discountenance a message circulating on WhatsApp which says Nigerians without a resident permit would not be able to withdraw their deposits from Ghanaian banks beginning from November this year. The high commission in a statement issued…

The journalist, Mary Ekere

How I was put in prison for taking photos of Akwa Ibom govt agents — Journalist

Mary Ekere, a journalist who was arrested in September by the Akwa Ibom environmental task force for taking photos of their officials raiding a shop, has narrated how she was thrown into prison even before she was arraigned in court. Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees citizens’ right to…

Seriake Dickson and Goodluck Jonathan

ANALYSIS: In Bayelsa politics, is Dickson pushing Jonathan out of relevance?

As the people of Bayelsa go to the polls on November 16 to elect a new governor who will succeed Seriake Dickson, there is a question about the influence of the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, in the politics of the oil-rich state. Mr Jonathan is not just from Bayelsa,…

Agba Jalingo [Photo: TVC]

19 journalists attacked in Nigeria within nine months – Amnesty International

The Amnesty International has launched a report chronicling attacks on the press in Nigeria since 2015. The report, launched in Abuja on Monday, said at least 19 journalists and media practitioners have been attacked in Nigeria between January and September 2019, the highest since 2015. Six journalists, including bloggers, were…

Oil rig used to illustrate the story.

We aren’t benefitting from oil wealth — Akwa Ibom community

The people of Esit Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, have said that their living conditions do not reflect the wealth made by the companies extracting oil and gas in their area. Esit Eket, alongside three other local government areas – Eket, Onna, and Ibeno -- is the host…

Bayelsa Governorship: Dickson didn’t reject Jonathan’s advice – Official

The commissioner for information in Bayelsa State, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has dismissed as untrue, reports that the state governor, Serieka Dickson, ignored the advice of the former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the process that led to the election of Douye Diri…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Bayelsa speaker ‘resigns’ days after rejecting ‘impeachment’

The former speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Toney Isenah, on Monday made a U-turn, and tendered his resignation letter as the ‘speaker’ of the assembly, seven days after he was controversially removed by the lawmakers. Mr Isenah was replaced on September 30 with a lawmaker representing Southern…

Mr Adekunle Adewumi's damaged car

Police officer allegedly assaults, shoots at motorist who tried to overtake his car

A Nigerian police officer allegedly beat up a motorist and opened fire on him on a highway for attempting to overtake his car. The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday in Calabar, Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Adekunle Adewumi, a sales representative with a Lagos-based…

How I was sexually harassed in UNIBEN – ex-NDDC boss

A former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ibim Semenitari, has said she was sexually harassed by a male lecturer while she was doing her undergraduate programme in a Nigerian university. Mrs Semenitari’s revelation followed the trending #SexForGrades conversation among Nigerians, prompted by a BBC undercover…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Police get court order to detain Gov Ayade’s critic

The police in Cross River State have reportedly obtained a court order to keep a Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Odok, in detention. Mr Odok, a known critic of the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, was arrested on September 26 in Abuja on allegation of “terrorism” and taken to Calabar by road.…

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#ChibokGirls: “Buhari displaying incapacity, failed leadership” – BBOG

#BringBackOurGirls group has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian government have failed in their primary responsibility of protecting the lives of citizens. The group has been at the forefront of the campaign for the release of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted from their school in Borno State…

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…