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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Uguru Usani, Niger Delta Minister

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s Minister was charged with fraud, then discharged under unclear circumstances

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, was charged with fraud 15 years ago, after he was indicted in 2000 by the government of Cross River State where he served as a commissioner, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively reveal. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier published a story which showed how Mr.…

“We’re like a sacrificial lamb”, murdered Rivers APC leader lamented days before his killing

Boris Neenwi, the All Progressives Congress stalwart, shot dead recently by unknown gunmen in Rivers, may not have had the foreboding that death was lurking around, but he certainly knew that life was short and brutish, for the APC members in the state – going by the spate of killings…

Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“Today I received 21 dear daughters. They have seen the worst that the world has to offer. It is now time for them to experience the best.” -          President Muhammadu Buhari says, while receiving the 21 Chibok girls released by the Boko Haram terrorists (Source: Twitter) “The one thing you have…

A Hospital ward with health workers used to illustrate the story

Nigeria fails to comply with African Union declaration on health

Sixteen years after member states of the African Union met in Nigeria’s Federal Capital, Abuja, and pledged to commit at least 15 per cent of their national budget to health, Nigeria is yet to comply with the declaration, popularly known as Abuja 2001 Declaration. Health professionals in the country, who…

Police arrest 9 suspected kidnappers in Rivers

Nine men suspected to be responsible for series of kidnappings in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have been arrested by the police. The police, in a statement on Friday, gave the names of the arrested men as Daniel Gabriel, 33, said to be the gang leader, Alaso Igodo, 23, and Akeodi…

Why south-south can’t be part of Biafra – Former Nigerian General

As the agitation for the independent state of Biafra continues, Edet Akpan, a retired major-general from Akwa Ibom State, has explained why it was impossible for the people of the south-south region of the country to be part of it. Nigeria fought a horrendous three-year-old civil war between 1967 and…

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s son dies in London

Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr, the son of the late environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, is dead, the BBC reports. Mr. Saro-Wiwa Jnr, 47, reportedly died of stroke in London. He was a journalist. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr passed away suddenly. His family are devastated and…

Rivers’ Police arrest 3 suspected fraudsters with fake naira notes

The police in Rivers said they have arrested three suspected fraudsters in the state for circulating fake naira notes. The suspects, including a woman named Helen Okeke, were said to have been arrested, Tuesday, by operatives from the Rumuepirikom Division of the State Police Command. The other suspects are one…

How Alison-Madueke intimidated me to drop reports about her alleged corruption – Columbia Professor, Anya Schiffrin

When an American journalist and author, Anya Schiffrin, was working on her book, Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism From Around the World, she thought it was expedient for her to exclude from it an investigative series from Nigeria on alleged corrupt practices of the then petroleum minister in…

bringbackourgirls

Alert! People want to use #BringBackOurGirls for fraud, group says

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign has alerted the public that people who aren’t part of the group are out to use its name to fraudulently raise funds for Chibok girls. The group, in a statement on Monday, said, “we stumbled upon information of an event tagged “Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum…

How Buhari sparked internet debate with “my wife belongs to my kitchen” comment

While responding on Friday to his wife, Aisha’s claims that his administration has been hijacked by a cabal, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” Mr. Buhari’s comment immediately…

Top 10 Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“The first thing that the tyrant seeks to do is to label you as a corrupt beast. After that he can kill you without any fear of reprisal.” -          Femi Fani-Kayode, PDP chieftain and former minister of aviation in Nigeria, on the SSS’s crackdown on some Nigerian judges for alleged…

Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel, sacks commissioners

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has dissolved the State Executive Council. A statement issued on Saturday evening by the Secretary to the State Government, Etekamba Umoren, said the commissioners were to hand over to the permanent secretaries in their ministries. No reason was given for the decision. The statement…

Nigeria Police Officers

Nigerians complain most against police in Rivers, Lagos, Abuja

The Nigerian police have released a report which ranked its state commands according to the number of public complaints against them. The report, released on Thursday by the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) of the police, shows that the Rivers State Command tops the ranking, with 78 complaints which represents 19.26…

Red Cross speaks: Our role in release of 21 Chibok girls

The Red Cross has explained its role in the Boko Haram release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the terror group in 2014. The Red Cross and the Swiss Government mediated in the release of the girls, the Nigerian government said on Thursday. “The role…

How the world reacts to release of 21 Chibok girls (Top 15 quotes)

1. “As I depart Abuja for Germany on an official visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations. The Department of State Services (DSS) has briefed me on the matter, and will continue to provide updates.” ---- President Muhammadu Buhari 2. “Please note that…

#BringBackOurGirls reacts to release of 21 Chibok girls

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign has expressed excitement over Boko Haram's release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the terrorist group in 2014. The group said, Thursday, in a press statement that they welcomed the reports of the girls’ release. “This wonderful development confirms what we have always…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari reacts to release of 21 Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the Boko Haram’s release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok school girls the terrorist group abducted in 2014. “As I depart Abuja for Germany on an official visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations,” Mr.…

Police arrest suspected kidnappers in Lagos

The police said on Wednesday that they have arrested four suspected kidnappers of some residents of Iseri, Lagos State. The suspects – James Kegbe (a.k.a JJ), ThankGod Segede, Trust Bourdilon, and Natei Okunna, their gang leader – were arrested at different locations the state where they had gone to spend…

Dead whale found on Nigerian beach

The carcass of a whale has been found on a beach in Akwa Ibom State, south south of Nigeria, off the Atlantic Ocean. Villagers in Okpo Ita, Ibeno local government area of the state, said they saw the dead whale in the morning of September 15, according to Edem Eniang,…

Oby Ezekwesili

Judges’ arrests: Ezekwesili tackles presidential spokesman, Shehu

A former minister and a leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed dismay over a tweet by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, which suggested that some media houses acted against Nigeria’s interest in their reporting of the recent arrest of some judges by the State Security Services (SSS). “To suggest that…

gov_akpabio

Akpabio denies bribing Supreme Court Judges

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has condemned social media reports linking him with bribery allegations against Supreme Court judges. The State Security Services (SSS), over the weekend arrested seven judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, in multiple raids across Nigeria. The SSS accused the judges…

Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“A well paid teacher is a better teacher but is a well-paid legislator a better legislator?” -          Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on the need for better wages for teachers in Nigeria (Source: The Cable) “A whistleblower is not necessarily a saint. But people often support him because what he reveals is usually…

Muhammadu Buhari talking

Buhari speaks on arrest of judges; says corruption, not judiciary under attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has made his first official reaction to the arrest of seven senior judges between Friday night and Saturday morning. Mr. Buhari said the raids on the judges residence by the State Security Service, SSS, was an assault on corruption and not on the judiciary. Seven judges, including…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“I believe that this recession will not last.” -          President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s economic crisis, during his nationwide address to mark the country’s Independence Day anniversary (Source: Premium Times) “Only the quest for power divides us; we are united by other things. But those who get power embrace at the…