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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Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Buhari may appoint ministers this week – Senate President

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has hinted of the Senate receiving the executive’s ministerial nominees list this week. President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in for a second term on May 29 after winning re-election in February. However, he is yet to constitute his cabinet about one and a half months after. The…

IMN members attack the Nigerian National Assembly

Two IMN members allegedly killed, police officers shot as Shiites protest at National Assembly

Two people were allegedly killed while two police officers were shot on Tuesday during a protest by Shiite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). The protest was held at the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja. The police said the two officers, who were on guard duty,…

The members of Shiite caused havoc at the National Assembly today, and shot at police officers

Shiites NASS Protest: 40 IMN members arrested, two officers shot – Police

The police on Tuesday said two of its officers were shot by suspected members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). PREMIUM TIMES reported how the protest by the Shiites at the National Assembly turned violent. Witnesses had said at least two of the police officers guarding the assembly complex were…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Court proceedings won’t stop Abbo’s investigation – Senate

The Senate will continue its investigation into the assault case of a senator, Elisha Abbo, despite court proceedings, Chairman Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Media, Adedayo Adeyeye, has said. Mr Adeyeye said this while answering questions in a press briefing on Tuesday. PREMIUM TIMES last week exclusively published a video of…

Shot Police Officer

VIDEO: Police officers shot as Shiites protest at National Assembly

Suspected members of the Shiite group, IMN, have shot some police officers on duty at the National Assembly. The incident created pandemonium within and around the assembly complex. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter watched as one of the police officers was rushed to the National Assembly clinic around 1.55p.m. Some witnesses…

Sniper Insecticides used to illustrate the story (Photo Credit: Haleemah Yahaya)

Senate seeks ban of Sniper insecticide

The Nigerian Senate has urged the federal government to ban the production, importation and circulation of Sniper insecticide in the country. This is part of the resolutions the lawmakers adopted on Tuesday. The resolutions follow a motion by Theodore Orji (Abia-PDP) on the rising cases of suicide in Nigeria. Mr…

File photo of Shiite protesters

DEVELOPING STORY: Police officers shot as Shiites protest at National Assembly

Suspected members of the Shiite group, IMN, have shot some police officers on duty at the National Assembly. The incident created pandemonium within and around the assembly complex. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter watched as one of the police officers was rushed to the National Assembly clinic around 1.55p.m. Some witnesses…

Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha wants ‘Ministry of Happiness’ to address Nigeria’s rising cases of suicide

Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has called for the creation of Federal Ministry of Happiness to curtail the rising rate of suicide in Nigeria. Speaking on a motion on the subject on Tuesday, Mr Okorocha said every case of suicide could be traced to unhappiness among the people. This, he…

Olu Onemola, who was appointed Special Assistant on New Media by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Olu Onemola]

Saraki’s former aide rejects Lawan’s appointment

Olu Onemola, who was appointed Special Assistant on New Media by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has rejected the appointment. He announced his decision in a statement on Sunday. Mr Onemola's appointment was announced in a letter from the Senate President to the Clerk to the National Assembly on Monday.…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari assents to bill seeking Nigeria’s collaboration with other countries in criminal matters

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill aimed at giving Nigerian leverage to collaborate with other nations on criminal issues. The bill, now law, comes into effect from June 20, 2019. Mr Buhari’s assent was announced in a statement by Ita Enang, the president’s…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC presents certificate of return to Niger senator

Following a court order, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday presented a certificate of return to Mohammed Musa as the senator representing Niger-east. The presentation follows a judgement delivered by the Supreme Court last week. The commission announced the presentation via its Twitter handle with accompanying pictures. "Presentation of…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan (Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper)

Lawan appoints Chief of Staff, media aide

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has appointed a Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Mr Lawan approved the appointments of Babagana Muhammad Aji and Festus Adedayo as his Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity respectively. The appointments were announced in a statement signed…

EXCLUSIVE: Jega speaks on INEC server controversy

Former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has denied making a statement on the existence of a server during his time as head of the commission. Mr Jega, in a circulated comment, was quoted as saying the INEC server existed and is ‘functional', even in his own…

Seenate President Ahmed Lawan

Lawan denies advocating power shift to south west in 2023

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has dissociated himself from a statement calling for power shift to Nigeria’s South-west in 2023. The statement credited to Mr Lawan advocated for a power-shift to the Yoruba-dominated region in honour of widely acclaimed winner of 1993 presidential elections, late Moshood Abiola. Mr Lawan was said…

ICPC Head Office

ICPC to prosecute NBET boss, Marilyn Amobi, others for alleged procurement fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) is set to prosecute the Managing Director, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Limited (NBET), Marilyn Amobi, and others for violation of the procurement act. The commission said Mrs Amobi, like other indicted persons, violated the country’s procurement Act, 2007 and ICPC Act, 2000. The…

Bukola Saraki

Controversy as Saraki ‘personalises’ Nigeria’s Senate President’s Twitter handle

Nigeria’s immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has come under online attacks after being accused of taking ownership of a Twitter handle belonging to his former office. The account @SPNigeria, verified by Twitter, was created in June 2015. It was created for the purpose of information dissemination from the office.…

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

Senate sets up 12-member committee to handle welfare; adjourns for two weeks

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned its plenary till July 2. The adjournment follows a motion moved by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Thursday. Shortly before the adjournment, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, announced a 12-member committee to handle house-keeping issues for the lawmakers. “The Senate will set up…

Rochas Okorocha

Igbo presidency doesn’t exist – Okorocha

Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned his kinsmen against the misconception of the term 'Igbo presidency.' Mr Okorocha, while addressing journalists after being sworn in as Senator on Thursday, said such an agenda could not have existed as it was impossible to hand over power to a region without…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate rejects motion seeking to debate Buhari’s Democracy Day speech

The majority of Nigerian senators Thursday voted against a motion to debate President Muhammadu Buhari's Democracy Day speech in plenary. The motion to scrutinise the speech was moved by Istifanus Gyang (Plateau-PDP). Coming under Order 52 of the Senate standing order, Mr Gyang asked his colleagues, through the Senate President,…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Finally, Okorocha sworn in as senator

Former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been sworn in as a senator. Mr Okorocha, representing Imo West, took the oath of office Thursday morning. The former governor's certificate was initially withdrawn after the electoral umpire, INEC, said the issuing officer declared the result under duress after the February 23…

Ahmad Lawan

Lawan promises to check insecurity, unemployment, high suicide rates

Nigeria's new Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has promised a better relationship between the executive and legislature for the benefit of Nigerians. Apart from the executive, the ninth Senate will work with the judiciary to restore the value of the country, he said. Mr Lawan made this remark in his speech…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

NASS Election: Saraki congratulates Lawan, Gbajabiamila

Immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated his successor, Ahmed Lawan on his emergence as the President of the 9th Senate. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Saraki also congratulated Ovie Omo-Agege, who is the new Deputy Senate President. Mr Saraki also…

Ekweremadu addressing journalists after his loss to Senator Omo-Agege for the seat of Deputy Senate President

Deputy Senate Presidency: I didn’t contest to win – Ekweremadu

The decision to contest for Deputy Senate President was in protest of the 2018 invasion of the Senate, Enugu West Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, has said. Mr Ekweremadu said it is 'embarrassing' for the Senate to have as it's Deputy Senate President a lawmaker who led thugs to the chamber. This,…

Senator Ali Ndume addressing journalists after his loss to Ahmed Lawan for the seat of the Senate President

Senate Presidency: Ndume reacts to loss, says APC should commend me for contesting against Lawan

Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should commend him for insisting on running in the election of the Senate President of the ninth Senate. Mr Ndume eventually lost the election to the candidate endorsed by the APC, Ahmed Lawan. Mr Ndume said his insistence on…

Ali Ndume

PROFILE: Ali Ndume, former marketing teacher who tried to be Senate president

When Ali Ndume joined politics in 2003, he may never have thought he would one day aim for the number three position in the country, but that was the challenge fate threw at his door a few months ago. In the build up to the inauguration of the 9th Senate,…