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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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Why Akwa Ibom Assembly passed only 2 bills in one year – Speaker

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has defended the assembly’s record of passing only two bills out of 11 it received, into law in the last one year. The two bills are the 2016 appropriation bill and the amendment of the 2007 local government…

Nigerian authors reveal books that shaped their lives

Martin Akpan, an Akwa Ibom-based medical doctor and author of a novel and two poetry collections, has an interesting thing to tell you about ​why he embraced​ creative writing, alongside his medical profession. Mr. Akpan credits this fundamental aspect of his life to a 1956 play, This Is Our Chance,…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“Bring peace and development to the Niger Delta then they will stop blowing up pipelines. Then, we will get gas and then power can be stable but until then, we will not get it.” -         Former vice president Atiku Abubakar commenting on the renewed violence in the Niger Delta region…

APC accuses PDP of sponsoring militant group, Niger Delta Avengers

The All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of sponsoring the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, to launch series of attacks against oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. The South South zone of the APC, in a meeting held in Benin City, Edo State, on…

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Nigerian Air Force deploys more combat aircraft, gunships against Niger Delta Avengers

The Nigerian Air Force said it had deployed additional aircraft to the South South region of the country to support the ongoing military operation against the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers. “The additional platforms, comprising fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft, are intended to enhance the capability…

Nigerian troops ‘kill 3 Boko Haram terrorists, arrest one in ambush’

The Nigerian Army says its troops killed three Boko Haram terrorists, and arrested one in an ambush at Sabsawa-Boarding Road, and Bocobs-Ngurusoye Road, Borno State. The operation, led by troops from 202 Battalion of 21 Brigade, took place between Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement issued on Thursday by…

How Jonathan, a nice, quiet boy, failed us — Ogoni traditional ruler

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for launching the clean-up of oil spill in Ogoniland and other areas in the Niger Delta region. Mr. Wike, during the flag-off of the exercise by Mr. Buhari on Thursday in Bodo, Ogoni, said, “We commend Mr. President’s determination to…

Ogoni cleanup: Buhari’s supporters express disappointment over president’s absence

Many supporters of Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed frustration with the president's sudden cancellation of his scheduled trip to Rivers State for the launch of the clean-up of Ogoniland and other Niger Delta communities ravaged by decades of oil exploration activities. Mr. Buhari was represented at the event by the…

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Buhari’s Visit: Rivers govt bans motorcycles, tricycles

The Rivers State government has placed a temporary ban on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana local government areas of the state because of the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state on Thursday. The state governor, Nyesom Wike, who made the announcement in…

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Nigeria Customs Service denies fixing new duty rates

The Nigeria Customs Service has denied fixing N285 per dollar as new duty rates in the country. A statement released on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, said there were misleading publications in some online platforms about new duty rates. “The…

Bayelsa has new police commissioner

The police have announced the posting of a new commissioner of police to Bayelsa State. The new commissioner, Adeyinka Sodipo, who assumed duty on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital, takes over from Peter Ogunyanwo, says a statement issued, Tuesday, by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim…

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How SSS blocked me from greeting Buhari at State House dinner — Ben Murray-Bruce

A senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday said operatives of the State Security Service prevented him from "greeting" President Muhammadu Buhari at a state dinner organised to mark 2016 Democracy Day. Mr. Murray-Bruce tweeted around 10:45pm on Monday, "I was at the Presidential Villa today, went to the…

Protecting Governor Emmanuel, PDP, radio station halts live interview with APC chieftain

A private radio station in Akwa Ibom State on Monday abruptly ended a live interview with the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Ita Awak, after the guest mentioned the name of the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke on air. Mr. Awak…

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…

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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…

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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,…