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Atiku’s Intels battles Nigerian govt in court

The business dispute between the Nigerian government and the Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, Intels, is now a subject of litigation, with Intels accusing authorities of breaching agreements and sabotaging its multi-billion dollar ports investments through de-categorization of terminals, court papers sighted by PREMIUM TIMES have revealed. The Nigerian Ports…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his supporters after the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted him of 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets, in Abuja on Wednesday (14/6/17).
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Why Nigerian govt will appeal Saraki’s CCT acquittal – Presidency

The acquittal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal last week will have negative implication for Nigeria's fight against corruption as well as jurisprudence on false asset declaration, the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday. Therefore, the federal government will appeal the ruling, according to the presidential adviser…

Nigerian Army

EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian Army fired top anti-Boko Haram fighter without indictment, query

One of the 38 Nigerian soldiers sacked by the army in 2016 was a decorated anti-Boko Haram warrior, who once helped thwart a planned attack on the Aso Rock presidential villa, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Mohammed Suleiman, a former colonel, infiltrated the terrorist group's ranks and helped in arresting some…

Hope Uzodinma

EXCLUSIVE: How Jonathan, ex-Minister helped Senator get N26 billion ports contract without due process

Aided by former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Transport Minister, Umar Idris, a company belonging to a Senator, Goodhope Uzodinma, hustled the Nigerian Ports Authority into a deal which saw it receive $12.5 million without competitive bidding and without delivering on the job, a government memo seen by PREMIUM TIMES…

FROM LEFT: Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi, APC), Sen. Danjuma Goje (Gombe, APC) and others after the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted the  Senate President of 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets, in Abuja on Wednesday (14/6/17).
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Sagay condemns Saraki’s acquittal, says Buhari must review anti-corruption war

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, has expressed shock at the acquittal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Mr. Sagay, septuagenarian professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said it was incredible Mr. Saraki got absolved and,…

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One year after, Nigerian soldiers unjustly dismissed by Buhari administration await justice

One year ago, the Nigerian Army compulsorily retired 38 officers, many of them the country's brightest in internal and external security operations, but, ironically, forced out of service without recourse to the rules of disengagement in the Nigerian military. Most of the affected officers were neither queried nor indicted by…

Nigerian Senate

Senate bows to Nigerians, stands down bill that would’ve increased petrol price

Following public outcry, the Nigerian Senate on Thursday stepped down a bill that would have led to an increase in price of petrol. The National Roads Funds bill, 2017, was stood down for further consultation. The bill recommends that importers should pay N5 levy on every litre of imported petroleum…

Nigerian Senate

Nigerian Senate passes bill to protect whistle-blowers

The Senate has passed a bill to protect whistleblowers and witnesses directly involved in the prosecution of certain criminal cases. The bill, titled Witness Protection Programme (Establishment etc), SB 157, was passed on Thursday, following a report submitted by the committee on human rights, legal matters and judiciary chaired by David Umaru…

Nigerian Senate

Bill to establish South East Development Commission makes progress in Senate

A bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, on Wednesday, scaled second reading in the Senate, one week after a similar bill was thrown out in House of Representatives. The bill co-sponsored by two South-eastern senators, Stella Oduah, PDP-Anambra, and Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, was subsequently referred to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate confirms three new ambassadors including Octogenarian it once called “frail, weak”

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of 82-year-old Sylvanus Nsofor as an ambassador, after he was initially rejected in March. Mr. Nsofor from Imo State was one of the three non-career ambassadorial nominees the Senate rejected alongside Jacob Daodu from Ondo State, in March. “Although he was calm at the…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo’s $1.5 billion loan meant for Kaduna, Ebonyi, Abia, Ogun, six other states

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, requested the bicameral National Assembly to consider and grant 10 states of the federation accelerated approval to borrow a total sum of $1.5 billion from multilateral agencies and France. The states' loans requests were parts of the 2016-2018 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan whose approval…

Nigerian Senate

Worried by Nigeria’s high interest rate, Senate to engage CBN, banks, others

The Nigerian Senate has expressed concern that the country's double-digit interest rate of 14 per cent places limit on the access of businesses to credits from commercial banks, which, ironically, continue to declare huge profits, mostly from risk-free government securities. The Senate on Tuesday, therefore, resolved to mandate its committee…

Senator Dino Melaye

Bribery Tape: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi tango on TV

A former Kogi West Senator, Smart Adeyemi, on Sunday, demanded federal authorities investigate his successor, Dino Melaye, and a judge, Akoh Ikpeme, after a leaked audio appeared to contain conversation between the two, discussing bribery. "This issue must be investigated by the federal government - the Department of State Service, Economic and Financial…

Nigerian Senate

Senate confirms 15 electoral commissioners

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of 15 persons, out 27 nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, as Resident Electoral Commissioners. Mr. Buhari had on March 23 requested the Senate to screen and confirm 27 nominees to assume responsibilities as RECs, who head the operations of the the Independent National Electoral…

Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye reacts to bribery scandal

A controversial Nigerian senator, Dino Melaye, has denied offering bribe to a judge, Akon Ikpeme, who handled the petition brought against the lawmaker's election in 2015. An online media, Sahara Reporters, had published an audio which appeared to contain exchanges between the lawmaker and the judge as they discussed the…

Nigerian Senate

UPDATED: Senate halts Port Harcourt refinery concession to Agip

The Senate has asked the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to halt its effort to concession the Port Harcourt refinery to Agip and Oando. The handover was to allow for the repairs and the operation of the facility. The Senate said on Tuesday that the process should be suspended pending its…

Dino Melaye

In new audio, Dino Melaye ‘discusses bribing Judge’

Controversial Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye, who was recently at the centre of alleged academic fraud, is enmeshed in yet another scandal. This time, Mr. Melaye, who represents Kogi West, is accused of offering to bribe a federal judge. An audio published by news website, Sahara Reporters, on Tuesday, appears to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate finally passes Buhari’s anti-corruption bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed an executive bill proposed to enlist international assistance in the country's efforts to tackle criminal matters, including money laundering, asset acquisition from proceeds of corruption and other forms of illicit financial flows. The proposed law, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Between Nigeria and Other…

Nigerian Senate

DOWNLOAD: Petroleum Industry Governance Bill as passed by Senate

After years of delay, the Senate on Thursday passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, inching closer to regulatory and business reforms in the nation’s oil and gas industry. The bill still has to go through the House of Representatives and the president to be law. If it succeeds as presently…

Nigerian Senate

Five organisations Petroleum Industry Bill will create after unbundling NNPC

With the passage by the Senate, Thursday, of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Nigeria now comes close to having five new commercial and governance organizations to replace existing ones, such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Department of Petroleum Resources. The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill is the first…

Yahaya Bello being registered by an INEC personnel in his office

INEC formally accuses Kogi Gov. Bello of double voter registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission has formally accused the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, of registering for permanent voter card twice, in violation of federal electoral law. The electoral body said Mr. Bello acted “illegally” to have registered for voter's card in Abuja and Kogi, but said it could…

Nigerian Senate

Senate passes Petroleum Industry Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, the long-awaited legislation that promises broad reforms to the nation’s oil and gas industry. The report on the bill, produced by the Senate joint committee on gas, petroleum (downstream) and petroleum (upstream), was presented on Thursday by Donald Alasoadura, APC-Ondo.…

Yahaya Bello being registered by an INEC personnel in his office

Kogi Gov. Bello in voter registration scandal

The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is enmeshed in double voter's registration scandal, after he was pictured in his office registering as a voter the second time, having already registered in Abuja. Mr. Bello was shown being registered by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. A group,…

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Senate wants lower Naira notes changed to coins

The Central Bank of Nigeria should convert the country's lower currency notes into coins to facilitate "highly repetitive" retail transactions, the Senate said Tuesday. The advice came after a Senator spoke on the implications of rejection of the existing coin denominations for the economy. "The local retailers keep rejecting the…

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
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Amaechi denies excluding eastern region from new rail projects

The transport ministry says the proposal for a $5.9 billion loan to finance railway projects captures all parts of the country, denying the eastern corridor had been excluded as alleged by a Senator. The Senate had, on Tuesday, resolved to summon the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, after Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia, alleged…