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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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Wike, APC trade words over March 19 election

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers state has responded to Governor Nyesom Wike’s allegation that the APC was planning to rig the March 19 rerun elections in the state. The APC said the governor’s accusation was a “smokescreen”. Mr. Wike, while receiving the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Ndowa Lale, who visited him on…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Governor Dickson’s sister rescued from abductors

The younger sister of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has been rescued by security agencies in the state after being kidnapped and held captive for more than two months. Nancy Dickson, 26, is said to have been rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors, according to a statement issued on…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

10 quotable quotes of the week

“We did not say we will employ, we said we will create jobs.” -          Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed speaking on APC campaign promises (Source: Channels TV) “If any INEC officer is bent on rigging the rerun elections, let him first tell his wife and children where his will is…

Five-year-old inspired mum to write Ibibio folktales

It was an innocent request from a little child. “Mommy, I want you to tell me Ibibio stories,” Abasiofon, who was just five years old, said to her mother as both prepared for bedtime. Ini Ubong was confused. She was used to entertaining her only child with familiar English folktales.…

Nigeria to offer free health services to 100 million Nigerians in two years – Minister

The Nigerian government will offer free healthcare to 100 million Nigerians in the next two years under the country’s new health agenda, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Pregnant women across Nigeria will also enjoy free antenatal and delivery services, particularly at the primary healthcare level, the government…

UNIUYO suspends ex-Vice Chancellor, Comfort Ekpo; moves to sack her

The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Comfort Ekpo, might be dismissed this week from the university over allegation of gross misconduct, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. Mrs. Ekpo, a professor of educational technology, whose five-year tenure as vice chancellor ended November last year,…

SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of Last Week

“If it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill the PDP, then by the grace of God, we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell.” -          Former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe disagreeing on the choice of former governor of Borno State, Modu…

Tears, sorrow and blood in Rivers community as “cultists” kill, behead residents

Three words – anguish, fear and helplessness – best described the atmosphere in Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state on Monday when PREMIUM TIMES visited the town. It had been about a week since armed men suspected to be cultists invaded it, killed some residents and chopped…

Police Officers

Mother of Rivers Commissioner freed by kidnappers

Patience Tam-George, the 85-year-old mother of Rivers State commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, has been freed after six days in captivity. The commissioner, Mr. Tam-George, in a text message to PREMIUM TIMES, said his mother was released late Thursday night. Tam-George did not give details about her release. He said…

I’m ready for Buhari if he comes after me – Fayose

The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has dared President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest him. Mr. Fayose said Mr. Buhari is a dictator. “They say he (Buhari) is coming after me, I am ready,” Mr. Fayose said, Friday, during an interview on The Osasu Show which was broadcast on AIT.…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

APC using ‘the centre as licence to kill’ — Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson was sworn-in for a second term Sunday, with him using the occasion to lash out at the ruling All Progressives Congress for using its vantage position as a licence to kill during the Bayelsa election. The swearing-in, which took place on Sunday in Sampson Siasia Sports Complex,…

NCC HQ Abuja [Photo: www.skyscrapercity.com]

Nigeria may regulate use of WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook, Skype in country

The Nigerian Communications Commission is considering a framework for the regulation of over-the-top services in the Nigerian telecoms market. Over-the-top services, otherwise known as OTT, are services carried over the networks, delivering value to customers, but without any carrier service provider being involved in planning, selling, provisioning, or servicing them.…

At last, ex-Gov. Akpabio patronises Akwa Ibom ‘World Class’ hospital

A former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday visited the Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, for medical check-up. The Ibom Specialist Hospital, built during Mr. Akpabio’s administration, was hurriedly commissioned by the then governor before he left office May 2015, while some major civil, mechanical and electrical…

What Dakuku Peterside actually said about ex-Governor Odili, wife — Rivers APC

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers state has denied reports credited to the Peoples Democratic Party in the state that the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, insulted a former governor of the state, Peter Odili and his wife. Mr. Odili’s wife, Mary, is a justice of the Supreme Court. The…

APC asks Buhari to probe Supreme Court judgment on Akwa Ibom election

The All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Supreme Court judgment on the state's governorship election. The Supreme Court in its judgment on February 3 declared that Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party was validly elected as the governor of Akwa…

Breastfeeding can prevent 820,000 children from dying yearly – Report

About 820,000 deaths among infants could be prevented annually if the rate of breastfeeding by nursing mothers is improved around the world, says a report released recently in Washington DC, United States. The report, which said 87 per cent of the preventable deaths would be among infants under the age…

Akwa Ibom APC guber candidate, Umana, reacts to Supreme Court ruling

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom state, Umana Umana, has said that the Supreme Court judgment which held that Udom Emmanuel was validly elected as the state governor in the April 11, 2015 election “calls for very serious soul-searching by our nation”. Mr. Umana said in a…

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…