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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Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

​​Gov Dickson vows ​justice for killers of ​3 soldiers

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson​,​ says his administration would work with security operatives to fish out and bring to justice, killers of three soldiers in Nembe​ area of the state​. Mr. Dickson made the vow during a live radio interview on Tuesday in Yenagoa. ​Mr. ​Dickson condemned the killing and…

If Africans can’t send men to moon, they should at least organize free elections –Jonathan

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has emphasized the need for free and fair elections in Africa. Mr. Jonathan, who is leading the African Union Elections Observation Mission to Zambia, said, Monday, on Twitter, “If Africa can’t yet send men to the moon, we should at least organize elections that…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“I have no regrets, none whatever. No regrets. I would repeat the same thing now.” -          Dahiru Saleh, the judge who pronounced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election allegedly won by the late business mogul, M.K.O Abiola. Mr. Saleh, now in retirement, said it was him, and…

Godswill Akpabio

Ex-Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, denies link with Niger Delta Avengers

The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has denied having link with the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers. A report published in the media (not PREMIUM TIMES) had alleged that Mr. Akpabio was among the sponsors of the group which has claimed responsibility for the spates of…

Buhari names governing council, board of trustees for Ogoni Clean-up – FULL LIST

President Muhammadu Buhari has has appointed a former commissioner in Lagos State, Wale Edun, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ogoni clean-up project. The 13-member BoT was inaugurated on Thursday by Mr. Buhari, alongside the Governing Council for the clean-up. Mr. Edun was commissioner of finance in…

Magnus Abe

Ex-Senator, Abe, responds to Wike’s accusation he stole money meant for road construction

A former senator from Rivers state, Magnus Abe, has responded to Governor Nyesom Wike’s accusation that he embezzled funds meant for the construction of a road in Ogoniland. The Rivers state governor, Mr. Wike, said, Wednesday, that the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi had awarded the contract worth over…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“Speaker (Yakubu) Dogara has completely derailed, remains clueless, (and) keeps on with an unmatched ego and surely leading the House to the biggest scandal it may ever experience.” -          Former chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Adbdulmumin Jibrin, criticizing the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara whom he accused…

Nigerian community compensated 163 dollars after deadly explosion

The gas explosion which occurred on Sunday in Obotim Nsit village, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, left shocked villagers with various degrees of injuries. But by Tuesday, two days after the incident, the victims were yet to receive medical attention. The community only received drinks and…

Adams Oshiomhole

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of The Week

“The truth is that it is difficult to tame corruption where the federating units virtually run on free federal allocations that some people see as national cake.” -          Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, on why Nigeria must be restructured (Source: The Punch) “It’s not about whether there’s anything wrong with the…

Akwa Ibom govt gets injunction; says EFCC can’t probe “federating units”

A state High Court in Akwa Ibom has given an interim injunction, restraining the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, and the Inspector General of Police from investigating the finances of the Akwa Ibom State government. PREMIUM TIMES confirmed that the injunction…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria Custom boss, Hamid Ali, violates Buhari’s directive, flies first class from London

The Comptroller General of Customs, Hamid Ali, a well known ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, was spotted on Tuesday flying first class on British Airways flight from London to Abuja, in clear violation of President Muhammadu Buhari's directive banning public officials from flying first class. The BA flight BA83 which…

As economic crisis bites, UNIUYO lecturers receive salaries in bits

The University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, is grappling with how to pay salary to its lecturers, no thanks to the shortfall in federal government funding to federal-owned universities across the country. UNIUYO lecturers, including non-teaching staff, have been receiving fractions of their salaries since the beginning of this year.…

Nigerian who escaped death in France terrorist attack narrates ordeal

A Nigerian woman has recounted how she narrowly escaped death during the recent terror attack in France. Zainab Usman, a Ph.D candidate in Oxford University, United Kingdom, and a member of PREMIUM TIMES editorial board, said she walked away from the target of the attack 10 minutes before a Tunisian…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of The Week

“A situation where the number one judiciary officer of the country will be the one that will be flouting the Constitution is unacceptable.” -          Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the seemingly refusal of the Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before the Senate…

Police arrest alleged abductors of Sierra Leonean envoy

The Police say they have dismantled a gang of kidnappers in Kaduna which had been terrorizing the state, the Federal Capital Territory, and the North-Central states of Nigeria. The Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, in a press statement released on Tuesday, said the 11-member gang was behind the abduction…

Akwa Ibom pensioners owed for 4 months protest on governor’s birthday

Monday, July 11, was Udom Emmanuel’s birthday. But there were no bouquets or partying in the Akwa Ibom capital city of Uyo to celebrate its governor. What Mr. Emmanuel got, instead, as a surprise birthday "gift" was a protest march by local government pensioners who have been owed four months…

University of Ibadan (UI)

Nigerian universities fail to make list of world’s top 1,000

The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) has just released its 2016 ranking of universities across the world. Sadly, no university in Nigeria made the list of the world’s top 1,000. The ranking, released on Monday, placed Harvard University, United States, on top as the best higher institution in the…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“I have been following the investigations of those arrested (for corruption in Nigeria) to see whether there is any evidence that they are politically motivated, I have not found any.” -          U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war (Source: Premium Times)   “I heartily pray…

Niger Delta Avengers is PDP’s “resistance wing” – Akpabio’s former aide

As the Niger Delta Avengers continues to bomb oil pipelines and sabotage Nigeria’s wobbling economy, refusing the government’s plea to lay down arms, one man from Akwa Ibom State appears to think differently about the militants. Ata Ikiddeh, a former special assistant on diaspora matters to ex-Akwa Ibom Gov. Godswill…

Akwa Ibom governor appoints caretaker chairmen for 31 local govt councils

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, on Monday inaugurated caretaker committees to run the 31 local government councils in the state. Among the new appointees is Cletus Ekpo, the younger brother of the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Paul Ekpo. Mr. Ekpo is the new caretaker…

NNPC Towers

NEITI to partner EFCC to tackle financial crimes in Nigeria’s oil sector

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative says it is currently partnering the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle financial crimes in the country’s oil and gas sector. Crude oil sale, the major foreign exchange earner for Africa’s biggest economy, has remained plagued by lack of transparency and massive…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes Of The Week

“Once a case has been taken to court, there can be no negotiation of return of money without punishment. That is impossible and can never happen because if that happens, then it is breach of the law.” -          Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, rejecting former PDP National…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Medical doctors in Bayelsa insist on 100 per cent salary payment

Medical doctors in the employ of the Bayelsa State government are insisting on embarking on strike if the government failed to pay them100 per cent of their salary. Workers in the state are owed about five-month salaries. The government is set to pay half of February salary, Monday, as part…

Unpaid Bayelsa workers to get half month salary on Monday

The civil servants in Bayelsa State, who have not been paid for the past five months, will get half of their February salary on Monday if the governor's directive is followed. Governor Seriake Dickson on Saturday directed the Head of Service, the Accountant General and other appropriate officials to ensure…

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…