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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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…

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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…

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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…

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…