kemibusari

Kemi Busari is a senior reporter covering the Nigerian Senate for PREMIUM TIMES. He has interest in human rights and has won awards for his works, including the Hans Verploeg Award and the PwC Business reporting award. Twitter: @kemi_busari

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Newly sworn-in senator wants Kogi declared oil-producing state

The newly sworn-in Kogi East senator, Isaac Alfa, on Wednesday said he would sponsor a bill for the federal government to recognise Kogi as an oil-producing state. Oil-producing states in Nigeria are states rich in oil and from where the federal government derives crude oil. After several legal battles, Mr…

The Joint closed-door plenary of the House of Representatives and Senate

Senate suspends plenary for two weeks

The Senate has suspended its plenary for two weeks to allow lawmakers to attend to budget matters. The motion for the adjournment was moved by Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday. Mr Lawan (APC, Yobe North) prayed the lawmakers to suspend their plenary until Tuesday, April 2. The senators adopted…

Senator Dino Melayein Plenary

Rowdy session as Senate debates ‘militarisation of elections’ in Nigeria

Amidst rowdiness, the Senate on Wednesday passed resolutions to check the roles of the military in the 2019 elections and "inconsistent application of electoral laws" by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The deliberations leading to the adoption of four resolutions supporting the motion were marred by rowdiness as senators…

President Muhammadu Buhari receives President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki accompanied by The Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 7 2018

Buhari declines assent to digital rights bill, four others

President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed to the National Assembly his decision to decline assent to five bills. Stating several reasons, Mr Buhari said he would not assent to the Nigerian Film Commission bill, Immigration Amendment bill, Climate Change bill, Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners bill and the Digital Rights and…

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Nigeria to increase VAT to pay new minimum wage

The Federal Government is to increase Value Added Tax by 50 per cent to pay the new national minimum wage, Bugdet and National Planning Minister Udo Udoma said Tuesday. Mr Udoma said the raise, first announced by the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, will create the…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate joins Reps, passes 2019 budget for second reading

Nigeria's 2019 budget was on Tuesday passed for second reading at the Senate. The N8.8 trillion budget will now be worked on by the committee on appropriation. The committee was given two weeks to report back to the whole house. On January 28, the House of Representatives passed the bill…

Debris of crashed Ethiopian Airlines [Photo: Sky News]

Senate mourns Nigerians who died in Ethiopian Airlines crash

The federal government has been urged to ensure that all aircraft operating within Nigeria are airworthy in order to keep Nigerians safe at all times. The Senate gave the charge while mourning the two Nigerians who died in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 on March 11. Pius Adesanmi,…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate approves 30, 000 as minimum wage

The Nigerian Senate has approved N30, 000 as minimum wage for workers in Nigeria. The national minimum wage bill will become effective after the president, Muhammadu Buhari, assents to it. The chairman of the ad-hoc committee set up to review the bill, Francis Alimikhena, presented a report on Tuesday. The…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

SPECIAL REPORT: Presidential panel repeatedly disobeys Osinbajo’s directives

For over a year, the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, has continued to run the panel in contravention of multiple presidential orders, PREMIUM TIMES can report. At least three letters were, within this period, dispatched to the anti-corruption boss to…

Three people were killed in this household

SPECIAL REPORT: After attacks, Kajuru villagers tell tales of pains, sorrow

The first gunshot, piercing through the mid-section of his aluminium door, came without warning. Then the second. Third. The sound of gunfire rent the air. Only then did it dawn on Abbah Danmori that his neighbourhood was under attack. It was 11 p.m. in Ungwar Barde community in Kajuru Local…

Dino Melaye

Dollar may equal N500 in the next 60 days — Melaye

Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has picked holes in the 2019 budget of the federal government saying the dollar may soon trade at N500 if the right measures are not emplaced. Mr Melaye while contributing to a debate on the N8.83 trillion budget on Wednesday said the appropriation is unrealistic…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate begins work on 2019 budget

The Nigerian Senate has commenced work on the 2019 budget. On Wednesday, the first of two days set aside for deliberations on the second reading of the appropriation bill, the senators for hours discussed the modalities of the budget. The N8.83 trillion budget was presented to a joint session of…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

BREAKING: Finally, Senate recognises Isaac Alfa as Kogi East senator

The Senate on Wednesday swore in Isaac Alfa, as the substantive senator representing Kogi East district. Oath taking for the new senator was the first activity of the Senate for the day. The development follows a Supreme Court judgment which affirms Mr Alfa as the senator representing the district. With…

Pictures from the scene in Kajuru LGA

Police confirm 16 killed in Kajuru, Kaduna attack

The Kaduna State Police Command on Monday said no fewer than 16 persons were killed by gunmen at Barde Village under Maro in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Mr Sabo…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Re-election: El-Rufai thanks supporters, promises better days

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has thanked people of the state for re-electing him for another four years term. Mr El-Rufai was declared the winner of the Saturday governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having polled a total of 1,045,427 votes. He defeated his closest…

APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (R) assisted by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while presenting the party’s flag to the Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Nasir El-Rufai during Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00645//18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN 00641 Pic 30. APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (L) with Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Gov Nasir El-Rufai during APC Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN Pic 31All Progressive Congress Party (APC) supporters during the party’s Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN

Re-election: El-Rufai thanks supporters, promises better days

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has thanked people of the state for re-electing him for another four years term. Mr El-Rufai was declared the winner of the Saturday governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having polled a total of 1,045,427 votes. He defeated his closest…

Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai at Kajuru. [PHOTO CREDIT: Kaduna State Government]

Again, gunmen attack Kajuru, Kaduna communities, many killed

Gunmen attacked two communities in the troubled Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State on Monday morning, Multiple sources confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES, although the police and state government are yet to react. The attacks occurred in Ikirimi village, as well as Iri, Dogon Noma in Ungwar Gamo, both…

APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (R) assisted by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while presenting the party’s flag to the Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Nasir El-Rufai during Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00645//18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN 00641 Pic 30. APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (L) with Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Gov Nasir El-Rufai during APC Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN Pic 31All Progressive Congress Party (APC) supporters during the party’s Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN

El-Rufai wins Kaduna governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, as winner of the governorship polls. Mr El-Rufai defeated his closest rival with a margin of 231, 259 votes. Elections were held in the 23 local governments of the state on Saturday. The election was…

Ashiru and El-Rufai

El-Rufai poised to win Kaduna governorship election

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is on the verge of being returned as the winner of Saturday's election. Results already declared at the state collation centre indicate that the governor won in 14 of the 23 local governments. Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Kaduna Governorship: APC leads in seven out of 11 local govts declared

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won in seven of 11 local governments of Kaduna State, results declared so far indicate. The incumbent governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is bearing the flag of the party. His main rival, Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won in the remaining four local…

Isa Ashiru Kudan

Kaduna Governorship: PDP’s Isa Ashiru loses own local government

The incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has defeated his main rival, Isa Ashiru, in Kudan Local Government. Mr Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hails from this local government. In the result declared by Yusuf Amadi, Mr El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total…

Ashiru and El-Rufai

Kaduna Governorship: PDP’s Isa Ashiru loses own local government

The incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has defeated his main rival, Isa Ashiru, in Kudan Local Government. Mr Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hails from this local government. In the result declared by Yusuf Amadi, Mr El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total…

Ashiru and El-Rufai

Official Kaduna governorship election results (LIVE UPDATES)

The final collation of results for the governorship election in Kaduna State has commenced at the state collation centre. The election was contested in the 23 local governments areas of the state on Saturday, March 9. Even though there are 38 candidates, the battle is expected to be between two;…

APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (R) assisted by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while presenting the party’s flag to the Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Nasir El-Rufai during Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00645//18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN 00641 Pic 30. APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (L) with Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Gov Nasir El-Rufai during APC Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN Pic 31All Progressive Congress Party (APC) supporters during the party’s Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN

Landslide victory for El-Rufai at own polling unit

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has recorded a landslide victory in his polling unit. Mr El-Rufai voted in polling unit 024, Ungwar Sarki ward in Kaduna North Local Government. Mr El-Rufai is seeking to return to the government house for another four years on the flag of the…

APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (R) assisted by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while presenting the party’s flag to the Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Nasir El-Rufai during Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00645//18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN 00641 Pic 30. APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (L) with Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Gov Nasir El-Rufai during APC Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN Pic 31All Progressive Congress Party (APC) supporters during the party’s Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18) 00646/18/1/19/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN

I already have a job in Abuja if I lose election – El-Rufai 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has taken an indifferent position on the outcome of the governorship election in the state. Voters across Nigeria are electing 29 state governors and members of the 36 state Houses of Assembly. Mr El-Rufai, the incumbent governor, alongside 37 other candidates are vying for…