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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The blogger, Morgan Ukpong (middle) with his lawyer, Mr Ewa Okpo (right), after the court dismissed the case against him

Court frees Nigerian blogger accused of publishing defamatory claims against Akpabio

A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday dismissed a case of criminal defamation filed against a Nigerian blogger, Morgan Ukpong. Mr Ukpong publishes a popular blog, Sitippe Ke Akwa Ibom, which focuses on the happenings around Akwa Ibom State. He was arrested in December last year,…

Mr Gwamnishu Harrison, the head of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, holding the two-year-old rape victim

Landlord remanded in prison for allegedly raping tenant’s two-year-old daughter

A 39-year-old man in Delta State, South-south Nigeria, has been remanded in prison for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl. The man, identified as Emeka Okwuasa according to a court paper seen by PREMIUM TIMES was arraigned on Wednesday in a magistrate court, Nsukwa, Delta State, by the police. The case…

NDDC

Why EFCC interrogated our top officials – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has admitted that its top officials have been quizzed by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The acting managing director of the NDDC, Nelson Braimbraifa, and the executive director of finance, Chris Amadi, were questioned last week by the EFCC…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Why Wike, other politicians are attacking Nigerian army – Official

The sour relationship between the Nigerian army and the Rivers State government is not likely to end soon, it appears. A senior army official said on Sunday that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and other politicians were attacking the army because it “refused to compromise the integrity” of the…

Mr Touyo Omatsuli, former executive director of projects, NDDC

EFCC quizzes acting MD of NDDC

The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nelson Braimbraifa, has been quizzed by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Braimbraifa, alongside the NDDC executive director of finance, Chris Amadi, was said to have been a guest of…

Mr Aniekan Bassey, Speaker, Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, representing Uruan State Constituency

Akwa Ibom Assembly elects new speaker

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has elected Aniekan Bassey as its new speaker. Mr Bassey, member representing Uruan State Constituency, was elected on Monday at the plenary. He is a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The lawmakers re-elected Felicia Bassey (PDP/ Okobo State Constituency), as…

Dr Aniekeme Uwah (right) receiving the Medal of Honour award from Dr Joshua Obasanja, the AU Head of Mission in Nigeria

AU honours Nigerian doctor for role in combating Ebola virus

The African Union (AU) has conferred a medal of honour on a Nigerian doctor, Aniekeme Uwah, for his role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. The AU head of mission in Nigeria, Joshua Obasanya, presented the medal to Mr Uwah in Abuja, May 24. Mr Uwah,…

Ibom Air hits the sky

Ibom Air takes off, amidst jubilation in Akwa Ibom

Ibom Air, a commercial airline owned by the Akwa Ibom government, launched its maiden flight on Friday. A handful of enthusiastic indigenes of the state, led by the deputy governor, Moses Ekpo, gathered at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, as early as 8 a.m for a brief ceremony to…

The suspect, Chris Azuoma, being dragged away by officials of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, while the victim walks

Teenage rape victim suffers life-threatening complication after abortion

A 15-year-old rape victim in Anambra is in dire need of medical help to stop her from “heavy bleeding” due to a post-abortion complication. A non-governmental organisation, Behind Bars Rights Foundation, which spearheaded the rescue of the victim, identified as Chinyere, told PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday evening, the girl has been…

Mr Tonye Isenah, Speaker, Bayelsa House of Assembly

Bayelsa assembly elects new speaker

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has elected Tonye Isenah as its new speaker. Mr Isenah, member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma State Constituency 1, is a second-term legislator, and a former chief whip of the House. Abraham Ingobere (PDP/ Brass III) was re-elected deputy speaker, and Monday Bubou (PDP/ Southern Ijaw II),…

Oshiomhole can’t run APC, says party’s former chairman, Oyegun

A former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, has hit hard on Adams Oshiomhole, accusing him of being incapable of running the APC. Mr Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State, succeeded Mr Odigie-Oyegun as the APC national chairman. The APC’s political fortune has dwindled across…

Suicide rope used to illustrate the story.

Why more Nigerians are committing suicide – Pastor

A pastor has blamed churches for suicide rates in Nigeria. The popular pastor, Abel Damina, who runs a Pentecostal church called Power City International, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said today's messages in churches are instilling greed and depression among Christians in Nigeria. There have been reported cases of suicide, especially…

Ben Murray-Bruce (Photo Credit: Nigerian Monitor)

You can’t be stealing from a dying economy, Nigerian senator tells fellow politicians

A Nigerian senator has a piece of advice for his fellow politicians: you cannot continue to steal public funds when the nation’s economy is dying. The senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa state, said in a Twitter post, May 24, “One thing Nigerian politicians must understand is that you can make…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Nigerian police prepare app to fight rise in violent crimes

The Nigerian police are preparing to launch a mobile app which it says would help in its fight against the rising crime wave in the country. At least 35 people were killed nationwide last week, as Nigerians continue to grabble with insecurity, alongside the insurgency in the North-east. The app,…

Gov Wike

Wike vows to rid Port Harcourt of street-trading

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has threatened to move against traders, mechanics, and artisans if they do not take their trade away from the roads in Port Harcourt. Mr Wike, on Friday, invited traders, private park operators, and mechanics to a meeting at the Government House, Port Harcourt,…

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Head of election commission in Bayelsa resigns

The chairman of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission, Perekeme Bertola, has resigned his appointment. The local council election in Bayelsa is scheduled to take place on August 10, less than two months from now. Mr Bertola is said to have suddenly tendered his resignation letter on Friday to the…

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Governor Emmanuel sacks aides, reappoints SSG

Shortly after his inauguration for a second term on Wednesday, Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, announced the sacking of all his advisers, special assistants, and personal aides. He, however, has reappointed Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom government (SSG). Mr Ekuwem’s reappointment is contained in a…

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom, Umana Umana.

APC chieftain disowns group canvassing his appointment as minister

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom, Umana Umana, has disassociated himself from a publication calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint him a minister. Mr Buhari, sworn-in ob Wednesday for a second term, is expected to name his new cabinet soon. Politicians and their associates…

#2019Inauguration: Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel

Governor Emmanuel calls on Akpabio, APC leaders to join him in building Akwa Ibom

The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, has asked the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to join him in building the state. Mr Emmanuel made the appeal during his inauguration for a second term in office, Wednesday. He was ‘helped’ to become governor against all the odds…

Arcbishop Cletus Bassey

Why we can’t sanction pastors who accuse children of being witches – Former CAN leader

A cleric has given reasons why the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) cannot go after Nigerian pastors who instigate the branding of children as witches. Many children in Nigeria, mostly in the South-South states of Akwa Ibom and Cross River, have been beaten, stigmatised, and sent away into the street…

Street children in Uyo, Akwa Ibom Photo by Cletus Ukpong

There’re too many children on Akwa Ibom streets — Activists

Three young women – Sifon Udo, founder, Smartmothers Foundation, an NGO tackling teenage pregnancy in Akwa Ibom; Uduak Ekong, chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Akwa Ibom State; and Imaobong Akpan, a blogger – discuss challenges facing child development in Akwa Ibom, at a PREMIUM TIMES roundtable, Uyo, to…

Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian teenagers engage in sex for money to buy sanitary pad – Group

Two Nigerian teenagers reportedly became pregnant for men whom they had sex with just so they could buy sanitary pad for them. The incident happened in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria’s South-South, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. And the teenagers are said to be from poor families. A campaigner against teenage pregnancy revealed this…

The Drunk Naval officer

Drunk Nigerian naval officer caught on camera misbehaving in public

An apparently drunk Nigerian naval officer in uniform has been caught on video misbehaving in public. The short video, being circulated on some WhatsApp platforms, shows the officer sitting down on a bare floor and resting his back on a plastic sit, while a female’s voice is heard talking angrily…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

9th National Assembly: We’ll not defect, PDP senator assures governor

Bassey Albert, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Akwa Ibom, has assured that senators and members of the House of Representatives from the state will not defect from the PDP. Mr Albert, who has just won re-election for a second term, represents Akwa Ibom North-east in the Senate. “With…

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Akwa Ibom governor gives condition for appointment of commissioners

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has given condition under which people may be considered for appointment as commissioner in his second term. Mr Emmanuel, while worshipping at Full Life Church, Uyo, on Sunday, told congregants that people have been putting pressure on him to appoint them as commissioners.…