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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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12:31pm at PU3, Ward 6, Epiiepe III, Yenegoa, Bayelsa Voters casting their votes in the rain.

BayelsaDecides: PDP wins in Timi Alaibe’s polling unit

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Duoye Diri, has won the governorship election in Timi Alaibe's polling unit, Unit 4, Ward 7 (Igbainwari town square), Kolokuma/Okpokuma Local Government Area. Mr Diri scored 74 votes in the unit, while his closest rival, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress…

Seriake Dickson

‘It’s a sad day,’ Gov Dickson says of Bayelsa election

The Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, sounded negative about the ongoing governorship election in the state, when he spoke with reporters about the general conduct of the election. "Gentlemen of the press, today is a sad commentary on our nation's democracy," Mr Dickson said to reporters around 12:20 p.m at his…

PU10, Ward 6 Fangi Primary School, Yenegoa LG, Bayelsa

#BayelsaDecides (LIVE UPDATES): Official results from Polling Units, Wards

Voting has ended in some polling units in Bayelsa State where a governorship election is holding. PREMIUM TIMES has provided live updates of the election which was characterised by the late arrival of electoral materials, violence, and intimidation of voters. The electoral commission, INEC, has had to cancel the election…

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BayelsaDecides (LIVE UPDATES), APC, PDP, 43 others vie for governorship

The people of Bayelsa, South-south Nigeria, go to the polls today to elect a new governor. A total of 45 political parties are taking part in the election to govern the oil-rich state. The contest is, however, expected to be between David Lyon of the APC and Duoye Diri of…

David Lyon of the APC, winner of the Bayelsa State 2019 governorship election

BayelsaDecides: Appeal Court orders INEC to allow APC contest Saturday’s election

The Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, David Lyon, contest Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa. Fitzgerald Olorogun, a lawyer to Heineken Lokpobiri, who is one of the parties in the case, confirmed the…

Late Godwin Thomas

How Nigerian police officer attached to governor’s driver killed money-begging entertainer

The picture is becoming clearer about the fatal shooting of an Akwa Ibom man on November 7 at a marriage ceremony attended by Governor Udom Emmanuel. Mr Emmanuel reportedly left the event venue at Ndiya Ikot Ukap, Nsit Ubium, Akwa Ibom, before the shooting. Both the police and the Akwa…

Mr Uduak Nseobot, councillor representing Ibiono Southern II, Ward 6

Lawmaker remanded in prison for allegedly beating woman, forcing her to walk naked

A local lawmaker in Akwa Ibom state, South-South Nigeria, has been remanded in prison for allegedly assaulting a woman and stripping her naked. The accused, Uduak Nseobot, is a councillor in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. Mr Nseobot was charged to court by the Akwa Ibom State Government for…

David Lyon of the APC, winner of the Bayelsa State 2019 governorship election

APC has no governorship candidate in Bayelsa, court declares

I8The Federal High Court, Yenagoa, on Thursday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have a governorship candidate in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State. This development is coming two days to the election. The court was presided over by Justice Jane Inyang. The court declaration, on Thursday,…

Bayelsa Governorship: Court to rule on suit challenging APC candidate

The Federal High Court, Yenagoa, is set to deliver judgement this Thursday in a suit challenging the election of David Lyon as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State. The judgement would be coming two days to the Bayelsa governorship election which holds weekend. The…

Bayelsa Election: Radio worker shot dead as thugs ambush party supporters

A staff of a radio station was shot dead Wednesday in Bayelsa State when suspected thugs attacked a political rally ahead of the state's governorship election on Saturday. The general manager of Radio Bayelsa, John Idumange, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the driver of the station's outside broadcasting van was…

Governor Udom Emmanuel at the maiden Akwa Ibom Education Summit

Governor Emmanuel wins at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal, Calabar, has affirmed the judgement of the election petition tribunal that Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom, was validly elected in the 2019 general election. The appellate court in its judgement on Wednesday declared that the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

APC state chapter “suspends” Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has “suspended” the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. A statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday night by the Government House, Benin, said the APC in the state suspended Mr Oshiomhole following a vote of no confidence passed on him…

Governor Nyesom wike

NBA in Rivers has become “enemy of our people” – Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Friday attacked the state's branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), calling the association “the enemy of our people”. Mr Wike said he was irked by the NBA’s ultimatums and threats to boycott courts in the state "because of one of their…

Ex-Minister of Petroleum, Tam David-West, is dead

A former Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria, Tam David-West, is dead. He was 83 years old. Mr David-West, a renowned professor of virology, was the minister of petroleum and energy from 1984 to 1985 under the military administration of Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria’s presidency broke the news of the passing on…

Senator Chris Ekpenyong

Akpabio’s opponent says he’ll continue working as senator despite judgement

Chris Ekpenyong, the man who truncated former governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio’s ambition of returning to the Senate for a second term, has vowed to continue with legislative duties, despite a judgement by the Court of Appeal nullifying his election. The Court of Appeal, Calabar, on Saturday, nullified Mr…

The police officer collecting bribe

Nigerian police arrest officer filmed collecting bribe

The Nigerian police said they have arrested one of their officers who was caught on camera collecting bribe from a motorist. PREMIUM TIMES published a story, Saturday, on the bribe-taking officer based on the video which was shared on Facebook and Twitter. The officer has been identified as Onuh Makedomu,…

Nigeria’s Presidency, National Assembly filled with witches – Priest

A Catholic priest in Nigeria has said that the nation’s presidency and the National Assembly, including government houses across the country, are filled with “witches” who are "responsible for the death" of many Nigerians. “Don’t get carried away, which witches and wizards am I talking about? It’s not all those…

The police officer collecting bribe

VIDEO: Bribe-taking Nigerian police officer caught on camera short-changing colleagues

A yet-to-be-identified Nigerian police officer has been caught on camera demanding and collecting bribe from a motorist. The officer, as seen in the four-minute video, went on to lie to his colleagues about the amount he collected from the motorist. The video has been shared on Facebook and Twitter. The…

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PDP reacts to Appeal Court ruling on Akpabio’s Senatorial election rerun

The Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State has welcomed the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election. The court on Saturday nullified the election of Chris Ekpenyong and ordered a rerun in only one local government area – Essien Udim Local Government…

Former Akwa Ibom Governor and Senator, Godswill Akpabio.

Akpabio prevails as Appeal Court orders rerun in one local govt

The Appeal Court in Calabar has given Godswill Akpabio another chance at the senatorial slot of the Akwa Ibom North West District. The court nullified the election that returned Chris Ekpenyong of the PDP as winner and ordered a rerun in Essien Udim local government area within 90 days. The…

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Police officer kills man at wedding attended by state governor

A police officer in Akwa Ibom has allegedly shot dead a man at a wedding ceremony attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel. The incident happened on Thursday in Ikot Ukab, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state. The victim has been identified as Godwin Thomas. The circumstances surrounding…

Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan

Ex-Governor Uduaghan speaks on Court of Appeal loss

Emmanuel Uduaghan, the former governor of Delta State, said he has accepted the judgment of the Court of Appeal which declared James Manager the winner of the Delta South Senatorial District election. The appellate court in Benin City, on Monday, voided the judgement of the lower tribunal which had nullified…

Musikilu Mojeed, Editor in Chief of Premium Times, speaking at the partnership meeting with Action Aid.

‘Governors who don’t fix broken hospitals have blood on their hands’

Musikilu Mojeed, the editor-in-chief of Premium Times, has appealed to Nigerian journalists to step up their games and be ready to check abuse of office by public officials. Mr Mojeed, who spoke on Friday in Uyo at a workshop organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists,…

Mr Agba Jalingo inside the courtroom on Friday

Agba Jalingo’s trial listed among 10 “most urgent” threats to press freedom in the world

The ongoing trial of a Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, has been listed among 10 "most urgent" cases of threats to press freedom around the world. The list was released on Friday by One Free Press Coalition, a coalition of about 34 media organisations “standing up for journalists under attack for…

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Thieves defecate inside bathtub after failed break-in

Some unidentified thieves who attempted to break into an apartment in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, did something quite odd – they defecated into a bathtub, before leaving the apartment. The apartment owner, who identified himself as Nkereuwem, a local trader, lives with his wife and children in a one-bedroom flat…