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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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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…

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…