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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Brave shop owner in Bayelsa locks up two gun-wielding robbers

Two teenagers in Bayelsa state have been arrested by the police for attempting to rob a boutique at gun-point in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, Asinim Butswat, told PREMIUM TIMES that the two teenage robbers, Thurlbert Femi, 19, and Festus Fefegha, 18, on…

Akwa Ibom Gov., Udom Emmanuel, holds out olive branch to political opponents

In a radio broadcast to celebrate Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment which held that he was validly elected governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, has asked the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state to join him in the task of bringing development to the state. “I hereby call on…

PDP Crisis: Bayelsa Governor, Dickson, disagrees with other PDP governors, backs Uche Secondus

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has rejected a resolution of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum which asked Uche Secondus to step aside for the PDP National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, to take over as acting national chairman of the party. Mr. Dickson has instead thrown his weight behind Mr. Secondus. The…

Police arrest 10 for kidnapping, armed robbery in Akwa Ibom

Ten suspected armed robbers were paraded on Monday by the police in Akwa Ibom State. The police said the 10 men belonged to a deadly 11-member gang of criminals that was involved in armed robbery and kidnapping in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. Among those paraded…

Godswill Akpabio

Akpabio to Nigerian govt.: Seize any money I own in foreign accounts

A former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has challenged the federal government to seize any money found in a foreign bank account bearing his name. Mr. Akpabio said the government should investigate the source of such money and also prosecute its owner. Mr. Akpabio, who is the serving…

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, boasts about his wealth, and his father’s big house

Governor Udom Emmanuel recently threw away modesty, and publicly boasted about how wealthy he was before becoming governor of Akwa Ibom state. The governor went as far as referring to his private residence in Uyo to underline the gap, in terms of wealth, between him and others in the state.…

Gunmen storm Bayelsa community, abduct one

Police in Bayelsa State said a man was on Sunday abducted by unknown gunmen at Igbedi Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, Asinim Butswat, said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES that Dunkan Eke, an engineer, was kidnapped at about…

Many job seekers in Akwa Ibom holding fake govt. employment letters – Gov. Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that several job seekers in Akwa Ibom waiting for their “employment” to be finalised by the state government were holding fake civil service employment letters issued to them by fraudsters. Mr. Emmanuel, who spoke during a television interview in Uyo in November, 2015, said the…

Akwa Ibom traditional rulers ask govt to withdraw Amni Petroleum’s operating licence

Traditional rulers from Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state, have asked the federal government to withdraw the operating license from an oil firm, Amni International Petroleum Company Limited. Amni, an indigenous oil firm in Nigeria, operates the Okoro and Setu East fields (OML 112) located offshore in the…

Fire kills 3 brothers in Bayelsa

Three brothers on Thursday died in a fire that engulfed a house at Elebele Community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa State, Asinim Butswat, in an email to PREMIUM TIMES gave the names of the victims as Daniel Udoh, Saviour Udoh and…

How Akpabio threw Akwa Ibom into poverty after squandering N4trillion – Ex-PDP chairman, Otu Ita Toyo

A former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State, Otu Ita Toyo, has accused a former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, of squandering N4 trillion that accrued to the state during his tenure. Mr. Toyo said instead of creating wealth and lifting the people of…

Police confirm bomb attack on Bayelsa Speaker’s home

The police in Bayelsa State have confirmed that the home of the Bayelsa House of Assembly Speaker was bombed on Thursday. The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa State, Asinim Butswat, said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES that some unknown assailants detonated an object suspected to be dynamite in…

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari puts more cash in war against corruption; see how anti-graft agencies will share N28billion

The Federal Government has proposed to spend a total of N27.7 billion in 2016 on Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies. The agencies are Economic and Financial Crime Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau. Others are the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Nigeria Extractive…

FEATURES: Grieving widow turns late husband’s Facebook page into moving memorial

You will likely end up in tears if you go through late Professor Idorenyin Akpan’s page on Facebook. Since the 47-year old professor of communications at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, passed on in November 2014, his wife, Emilienne, has turned his Facebook page into a memorial,…

Governor Emmanuel presents N426 billion budget to Akwa Ibom Assembly

Governor Udom Emmanuel has presented a budget proposal of N426 billion for the 2016 fiscal year for Akwa Ibom State. Mr. Emmanuel presented the budget on Tuesday to the state House of Assembly presided over by Onofiok Luke who was elected speaker on Monday. The recurrent expenditure for the 2016…

Lawmaker brutalized under Akpabio’s watch, elected Akwa Ibom speaker

Onofiok Luke, the lawmaker representing Nsit Ubium state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has been elected Speaker of the Assembly. The motion for Mr. Luke’s election was moved on Monday by Nse Essien (PDP - Onna State Constituency) and seconded by Mark Esset (PDP - Nsit…

Jubilation in Uyo over cancellation of Governor Emmanuel’s election

There were jubilations on Friday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, over the cancellation of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s election by the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The Court of Appeal on Friday nullified the April 11 governorship election which produced Mr. Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of…

Nigeria raises panel to probe Vice Chancellor indicted for sexual assault, forgery

The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated a panel to investigate the controversies surrounding the appointment of Professor Eniefiok Essien as the new vice chancellor of the University of Uyo despite the Court of Appeal indicting him for sexual assault and forgery. The panel on Mr. Essien was among…

Why we are probing Bayelsa election ‘killings’ – Bayelsa govt

The Bayelsa State government has said that its intention in setting up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the alleged killings during the governorship election in the state was to “show respect to the lives of the Bayelsa people and to forestall a repeat of atrocities that took place…

Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria is dead

The Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Joshua Okpo, is dead. Mr. Okpo died Tuesday in Abuja, where he had travelled to for an official business of the academy. A source at the academy told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Okpo was expected to be at the National Assembly on…

Bayelsa: INEC cancels election in Southern Ijaw, declares election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission has cancelled Saturday's Bayelsa State governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area -- one of the state’s eight LGAs. The decision, which will soon be announced officially by INEC, means the elections are inconclusive. INEC said the decision was taken because of violence, the…

Nigeria Police ban rallies, processions, protests in Bayelsa

The Nigeria Police Force has banned any form of procession, rally, protest or demonstration throughout Bayelsa state. A statement by Deputy Inspector General Hashimu Argungu, on Monday morning, said intelligence available to the police indicated that "some disgruntled elements" were planning to foment trouble in the form of illegitimate rallies.…

Bayelsa Poll: PDP’s Seriake Dickson leads, as INEC announces results in 5 LGAs

Governor Seriake Dickson has a clear lead in the Bayelsa State governorship election, according to results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Mr. Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, won in four of the five local government areas announced on Sunday by INEC. He has…

Bayelsa 2015 Governorship Election (RESULT) – Live Updates

The 2015 Bayelsa governorship elections is coming to an end and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is ready to start announcing the results from various local governments. PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Cletus Ukpong, is in Yenegoa to serve live updates. Live Blog [liveblog]

Bayelsa Election: INEC staff held hostage at Governor Dickson’s local government

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday said its staff deployed to distribute electoral materials at Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa State were being held hostage. Sagbama is the home local government of incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in today's governorship election. Speaking…