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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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How Nigeria can fix broken economy – Atiku

Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday gave his perspective on why the country’s economy is broken, and what the leaders must do to fix it. Atiku said the country may wait for long and may not be able to fix its economy, if its leaders wait for oil…

Niger Delta group demands relocation of Mobil headquarters from Lagos to Akwa Ibom

There has been renewed call for oil giant, Mobil Producing Nigeria, to relocate its headquarters from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State where the company has its main operational base. A group in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Peoples Alliance, NDPA, described it as unfair that Akwa Ibom communities continue…

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Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“People of Chibok, you still have to prepare for a longer #BringBackOurGirls campaign. If you want your girls, bring back our brothers.” -          Abubakar Shekau, factional leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in a new video posted online, gives condition for the release of the over 200 girls abducted…

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Information Minister threatens to sue newspaper

Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has threatened to sue the Daily Independent newspaper for libel over a news report that the ‘Change Begins With Me’ concept was stolen by the minister, and that the launch of the campaign gulped N3.4 billion. Mr. Mohammed has also threatened to…

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Niger Delta youth leaders beg Avengers to stop bombing pipelines

As the Niger Delta Avengers called off their ceasefire, and blew up an oil pipeline in Bonny, Rivers State, some youth leaders in the region have begged the group and other militants to stop further attacks. The youth leaders, under the aegis of the Grand Council of Niger Delta Youth…

We’ll make Akwa Ibom one of Africa’s largest economies – Gov. Udom

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that his administration will work hard to industrialise the state, so as to boost earnings and improve the quality of life. Mr. Emmanuel said his dream was to make Akwa Ibom Nigeria’s largest economy, just as California is the United States of…

Gov Dickson’s wife gives birth to quadruplet

Rachael Dickson, the wife of the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has given birth to quadruplet – a boy and three girls – in the United States of America. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Press Secretary to Mr. Dickson, who broke the news in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Friday,…

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Dangote, Saraki, others demanding asset sale are “economic predators” – Shehu Sani

A Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, has described proponents of sale of the country’s national asset as “economic predators and profiteers who want to take advantage of the situation in the country.” Mr. Sani, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts, said in a statement to PREMIUM…

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Don’t beg Switzerland, others for Nigeria’s stolen funds, sue them, Falana advises Buhari

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that it was time President Muhammadu Buhari took steps to recover Nigeria’s stolen funds stashed away in foreign banks, instead of continuing to appeal to the conscience of the leaders of the western countries. Mr. Falana told PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday, that “the federal government…

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Senators plan to buy Nigeria’s assets, don’t sell, Falana tells Buhari

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, has kicked against suggestions that Nigeria should sell off its national assets to raise funds for the country’s ailing economy. Nigeria’s business mogul and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, had suggested that the federal government should sell off some national assets like the multi-billion dollar Nigeria…

How ‘witchcraft’ slows fight against cancer

Widespread belief in witchcraft is hindering the fight against cancer in Akwa Ibom State, a campaigner against the dreaded disease, Ella Obott, has said. Ms. Obott said there was a growing tendency for people in the state to attribute cancer to some witchcraft powers. “That is actually one impression I…

Fresh graduates shouldn’t rush back to university for Masters’ degree – Nigerian lawyer

A Nigerian lawyer, Oluwakemi Makun, has advised young Nigerians who have just completed their first degree not to be in a hurry to do masters. There is an additional advantage for a young graduate to first gain some work experience, know his strength and weakness, before deciding on area of…

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Nigerian troops arrest another “militant kingpin” in Cross River

The Nigerian army says its troops from 13 Brigade, 82 Division, have arrested Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3), said to be a “high ranking militant kingpin” in Cross River State. The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said in a release issued on Saturday that “Abuja Daddy” was arrested at…

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Akwa Ibom Commissioner denies leaking information on Akpabio to EFCC

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Akan Okon, has denied leaking information on the former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission. In a move widely seen as an attempt to shield Mr. Akpabio who is currently the senate minority leader, the Akwa Ibom…

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Akwa Ibom lawmakers demand financial autonomy for state legislature

Members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly have renewed the call for financial autonomy for state legislature in Nigeria. The lawmakers, who spoke after a three-day retreat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, asked their colleagues in other houses of assembly in the country to take advantage of the…

Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“Before you ask ‘where is the change they promised us’, you must first ask ‘what have I done to be part of the change for the greater good of society.’” -  President Muhammadu Buhari during the launch of ‘Change Begins With Me’ Campaign (Source: Twitter) “You can't promise me change, and…

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APC to #BringBackOurGirls: We support you but have changed our strategy

The ruling All Progressives Congress has reacted to the apparent drift in the relationship between the Federal Government and the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group. Responding to a tweet by a leader of the BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, suggesting a volte face by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue, the APC said it…

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Nigerian troops destroy 52 “illegal refineries,” rescue kidnap victim

The Nigerian Army says its troops from 2 Brigade have destroyed 52 “illegal refineries” in Krakrama, Bille and Better land community areas of Rivers State. The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement on Sunday, said the operation took place on Saturday. He said the troops recovered six large pots…

#BringBackOurGirls demands apology from Police IG

The #BringBackOurGirls group has demanded an apology from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over police's attempt to stop the group's protest march to the presidential villa on Tuesday. A leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, said, Saturday, on Twitter, “The Inspector General of Police owes a big apology…

Nigerian soldiers kill notorious cultists in Imo

The Nigerian Army said it killed two suspected kidnappers during a raid on their camps in Umoubi and Umudike forests, in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State. The army, in a statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the camps in the forests belonged to…

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Nigerian troops destroy 72 “illegal refineries” in Bayelsa

The Nigerian Army says that its troops in Bayelsa have destroyed 72 “illegal refineries” within the past 48 hours in the state. An unspecified number of militants and kidnappers’ camps were also destroyed in the state, and in neighbouring Rivers State, says a statement released on Friday by the military.…

Nigerian police inspector dismissed, charged for murder

A police officer, dismissed for allegedly killing a motorcyclist, has been charged for murder. Anthony Nwadike was dismissed from the Nigerian Police for allegedly killing one Sunday Joseph, a commercial motorcyclist, along Odigbo-Omifon Road, Ore, Ondo State. Mr. Nwadike, an inspector, was arraigned on Thursday before a Chief Magistrate Court…

Mob sets robbery suspect ablaze

A robbery suspect was on Thursday set ablaze by a mob in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The suspect was said to have made a failed attempt to snatch a motorcycle from the owner at Ikot Ekpene-Abak Road, close to the State College, before the mob…

What Nigerians must do to get the change they want – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked Nigerians to first think about how they could contribute to the nation’s development as individuals, before asking about the change his administration promised them. Mr. Buhari spoke, Thursday, at the State House, Abuja during the launch of a national re-orientation campaign, tagged “Change Begins With…

Why we want Edo election postponed – Police, SSS

The Nigeria police and the State Security Services, SSS, say their call for the postponement of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State is based on “credible intelligence” of a plot by “Insurgent and extremist elements” to disrupt the poll. In a joint press statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the two agencies…