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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Gov Wike

Governor Wike sacks Rivers university vice-chancellor

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has sacked the vice-chancellor of the state-owned Rivers State University, Blessing Didia, alongside the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration, Magnus Oruwari. The removal of the top officials of the university may not be unconnected with the recent cult killings in the school.…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reacts to report showing severe lapses in 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to a report by civil society groups in Nigeria which portrays the 2019 general elections in the country as being below the standard set by the electoral commission in its conduct of 2015 elections. The report released Tuesday in Abuja by the…

2019 General Election: voters voting at the Nomadic Primary School, Polling Unit , at Tudun-Fulani , during the FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja on Saturday (9/03/19). 02036/9/3/2019/Sumail Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

Nigeria’s 2019 elections flawed, poorly managed – Civil Society Organisations

Civil society groups across Nigeria have released a report, detailing the failings of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections, and how the country can achieve credible elections in future. The report released Tuesday in Abuja, under the aegis of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, examined the role of the Independent National…

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson speaking

Bayelsa traditional ruler accuses Governor Dickson of threatening his life

A traditional ruler in Bayelsa state, Amalate Turner, has accused the state governor, Seriake Dickson, of threatening his life. Mr Turner, through a petition written by his lawyers to the Inspector General of Police, said Mr Dickson called his son, Erefagha Turner, on July 15 and allegedly sent a threat…

Artisan assaulted in Akwa Ibom

Assault Video: Police claim victim, assailants agreed to ‘peaceful settlement’

A new dimension has been introduced into the case of assault on an artisan by aides of a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. The victim and his assailants agreed to a “peaceful settlement” before video clips of the incident surfaced on WhatsApp and Facebook, the police have said.…

Man receiving beating from a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State.

Video: Man flogged for allegedly “insulting” LG chairman

Two video clips currently circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook have captured two men flogging a man whom they accused of insulting a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to ascertain the date and the location of the incident in the video. The two men in…

Akwa Ibom assembly

Assault On Artisan: House of Assembly suspends LGA chairman

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has suspended the local government chairman whose aides were captured on video assaulting an artisan. The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday condemned the assault, describing it as “unacceptable in a civilised society and does not represent our core values”. Mr Emmanuel…

Artisan assaulted in Akwa Ibom

“They threatened to bury me alive,” says artisan assaulted by council chairman’s aides

The artisan in Akwa Ibom assaulted in video clips that have gone viral has opened up on what happened. Godwin Abraham was flogged by two men said to be the aides to the chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state. The chairman, Imoh Williams, is yet to speak…

Man receiving beating from a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State.

Video: Man flogged for allegedly “insulting” LG chairman

Two video clips currently circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook have captured two men flogging a man whom they accused of insulting a local government chairman in Akwa Ibom State. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to ascertain the date and the location of the incident in the video. The two men in…

Governor Nyesom wike

Wike’s ex-commissioner mocks him, accuses governor of using poverty to manipulate people

A former commissioner in Rivers State, Austin Tam-George, has lashed out at the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike in the state. Mr Tam-George, who served briefly as commissioner for information before he resigned his appointment in Mr Wike’s first tenure, posted on Facebook, July 14, an imaginary conversation between the…

Mr Nnimmo Bassey presenting his speech at University of York, England

It’s treasonable to remain silent in times like this – Nnimmo Bassey

A renowned environmental activist in Nigeria, Nnimmo Bassey, has called on the global community to speak up against “oppression and wickedness” in different nations of the world. Mr Bassey, a director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, has been involved in decades of a campaign against oil…

Edo Obaseki and Oshiomhole

Obaseki-Oshiomhole feud beyond me – Edo APC chairman

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Anselem Ojesua, has said he is incapable of brokering peace between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. The feud between Mr Oshiomhole and Mr Obaseki is deepening, with the state assembly…

Aircraftman Bashir Umar (Nigerian Air Force)

Nigerian Air Force rewards officer who returned missing 37,000 Euros

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it is set to reward one of its personnel, Bashir Umar, who found some missing foreign currency – 37,000 Euros – and returned it to its owner. Mr Umar, an aircraftman, is a member of the NAF Mobile Air Defence Team deployed to Kano…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Edo lawmakers ‘abducted’, ‘forced’ to take part in controversial inauguration, lawmaker alleges

A lawmaker-elect in the Edo House of Assembly, Vincent Uwadia, has alleged that some of the state lawmakers were "abducted" and "forced" to participate in the assembly’s inauguration. The Edo assembly is yet to commence legislative business because of the crisis that followed its controversial inauguration on June 17. Nine…

Family photo showing the late Colonel Ken Elemele with his wife and children Photo credit_Rivers govt

Children of colonel killed by Boko Haram get support from Rivers govt

The Rivers State Government has announced an education trust fund for the children of an army colonel killed recently by Boko Haram. PREMIUM TIMES reported the killing of a colonel and five other soldiers along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway on Wednesday by Boko Haram fighters. The military authorities later confirmed the killing…

Godwin Obaseki

Governor Obaseki dares ‘Abuja politicians’ amid feud with Oshiomhole

The wrangling within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has degenerated further, with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, accusing the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and his supporters of plotting to “invade” the state. Mr Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo, helped Mr Obaseki to…

Mr Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, Nigerian lawmaker representing Ikono-Ini Federal Constituency

Nigerian lawmaker appoints 50 aides

A federal lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, has recruited 50 people to serve as personal aides. Akwa Ibom, despite huge oil wealth, is one of the states with the highest unemployment rates in Nigeria. Employing 50 people in a single move by a lawmaker is seen as record-breaking…

Edo State House of Assembly

Edo speaker reacts to lawmakers’ decision to investigate assembly crisis

The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has reacted to a decision by the House of Representatives to investigate the crisis in the state assembly. The assembly crisis is a fallout of the rift between the Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the National Chairman of the…

Journalists at the church thanksgiving service, Ibesikpo-Asutan, Akwa Ibom

Resign if you can’t defend the truth, cleric tells journalists

A cleric in Akwa Ibom has called on Nigerian journalists to resign from the profession if they are not ready to stand on the side of the truth and the people. The cleric said the struggle for the soul of the Nigerian nation has entered “a critical stage” and that…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Gov Obaseki denies rift with Oshiomhole

Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has denied having a feud with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who is the All Progressives Congress national chairman. Available evidence, however, contradict Mr Obaseki’s position. “I don’t have any feud with the national chairman,” the Nation newspaper quoted Mr Obaseki as telling reporters on Saturday in…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Father allegedly drugs, rapes 15-year-old daughter

A Nigerian man who allegedly drugged and raped his 15-year-old daughter is being investigated by the police. The suspect is said to be 39 years old. The victim was forced to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the father, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. A non-governmental organisation, Behind Bars Rights…

Godwin Obaseki

APC lawmaker accuses party’s governor of ‘gangsterism’

A lawmaker-elect in Edo State, Washington Osifo, has accused the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, of “bringing back gangsterism” into the state politics. Mr Osifo, who is to represent Uhunmwode State Constituency, said Mr Obaseki has also brought “arrogance” into his administration in the state. “I have told people, this…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Oshiomhole-Obaseki rift deepens, as governor sacks eight commissioners

There is no letting up in the political fight between the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. Mr Obaseki, Wednesday, sacked eight commissioners from the state executive council. The sacked commissioners are loyalists of Mr Oshiomhole, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. They are…

A Catholic Church used to illustrate the story

Nigerian priest sues Catholic Church for accusing him of impregnating woman

A Nigerian Catholic priest has sued his church for accusing him of impregnating a woman. The priest, Charles Oyebade, filed the case since in 2018 at Ekpoma High court, Edo State, South-South Nigeria, after the church suspended him indefinitely over an alleged sexual affair with a woman named Cynthia Nnaji.…

Aluminium Roof used to illustrate the story.

N200 million-worth of substandard roofing sheets seized in Uyo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said it has seized substandard aluminium roofing sheets worth over N200 million from three aluminium companies in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The director in charge of compliance at SON, Obiora Manafa, said the seizure followed tip-off and weeks of surveillance and monitoring, according to…