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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent who covers the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi where he also obtained an M.sc Public Relations and Advertising from the Department of Mass Communications. He can be reached on Twitter @nastogo and Facebook: http://facebook.com/nastogo

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The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Senator, other Nigerians condemn NGO regulatory bill

A serving senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Shehu Sani, has kicked against the Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO regulatory bill which is currently before the House of Representatives. [caption id="attachment_221426" align="alignright" width="150"] Senator Shehu Sani [Photo credit: Instagram][/caption] The controversial bill seeks to set up a federal agency to be…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu. [Photo credit: Sabi-Sabi]

More lawmakers tackle Saraki, Ekweremadu over IPOB

Three days after a leader of the House of Representatives criticised Senate President Bukola Saraki for his views on the proscription of the separatist group, IPOB, more lawmakers have joined in criticising the number three citizen. A group of lawmakers from the House of Representatives, under the aegis of Progressive…

You remain sacked and must return all salaries, allowances received, Supreme Court tells Rep Hembe

The Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon dismissed an appeal by the sacked member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe, who had asked the court to refer his case back to the lower court for retrial. Mr. Hembe was sacked on June 23 by the Supreme Court and was ordered…

Reps have not freed Patience Jonathan’s accounts -Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives has not ordered any bank to unblock the accounts of Patience Jonathan, wife of former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, stated this through his twitter handle on Wednesday. The chairman of the House Public Petitions committee, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP) had…

Herman Hembe, Benue State. [Photo credit: Instagram]

Again, Supreme Court sacks House of Reps member Hembe

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its stance on the sack of Herman Hembe, the ousted House of Representatives member who represented Vandeikiya/Konshisha federal constituency of Benue State. Mr. Hembe had approached the Supreme Court again to refer the case to a lower court for retrial after the apex court ordered…

Bukola Saraki

IPOB: House of Reps leader tackles Saraki for faulting military declaraton

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, has criticised the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for faulting the military's declaraton of IPOB as a terrorist group. Mr. Saraki on Monday said the military has no constitutional power to declare any group a terrorist organisation. He also said the…

Plateau state on map

UPDATED: Calm returns to Jos, large police deployment in volatile areas

Calm has returned to the parts of Jos where there was a minor clash between some Hausa and Igbo residents A witness said the police have taken over the Rwang Pam street and Ahmadu Bello way, the scenes of the violent incident. "Everything is under control now as everyone is…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Uncertainty Over Jibrin’s Return as Reps Resume

The fate of Abdulmumin Jibrin, the suspended member of the House of Representatives for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, will be decided after the House reconvenes next week. Mr. Jibrin was suspended for 180 legislative days on September 28 last year over what members described as breach of their…

House of Reps

SHORTCHANGED: House of Reps offers members discounted cash for delayed cars

Following its failure to deliver Peugeot 508 official cars for which it allocated N6.1 billion in the 2016 and 2017 budgets, the House of Representatives has resorted to offering cash to some of its members in place of the vehicles. Although Peugeot Automobiles Nigeria was contracted to supply the cars…

Rep calls for calm, promises to reintroduce FCT indigenous minister bill

A lawmaker representing Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, and Buhari federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Zaphaniah Jisalo, has cautioned those planning to organise protests over the non-passage of a bill seeking to have an Abuja native as minister. The bill although passed by the Senate did not scale…

Ghali Na'Abba

Former House speaker, Na’aba, wants laws guaranteeing smooth transfer of power in Africa

A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na' abba, on Thursday urged African countries to enact laws that will ensure smooth transfer of power from one elected president to another. Mr. Na' abba made this call at the 2017 Nelson Mandela International Roundtable on Political Development in Africa…

Minister asks Buhari to sign Peace Corps Bill

The Nigerian minister of youths and sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the Peace Corps bill if signed into law would save Nigeria from the menace of criminality as its core mandate was to engage the youth. The minister stated this on Wednesday when he formally received the copy of the…

Tor Tiv urges Buhari to sign Peace Corps Bill into law

The Tor Tiv of Benue state, James Ayatse, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill. Addressing the officers and men of the Corps in his palace, Gboko, on Friday, the royal father said the Peace Corps seeks to engage…

President Buhari

JUST IN: Buhari returns to Nigeria today – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today after receiving medical attention in London, the presidency has said.   The president is set to return after over 100 days in London for medical treatment.   He left the country on May 7 after handing over power to Vice President…

Buhari returns to Nigeria today

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today after receiving medical attention in London, the presidency has said.   The president is set to return after over 100 days in London for medical treatment.   He left the country on May 7 after handing over power to Vice President…

RCCG head Adeboye visits Buhari in London

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye, on Friday visited ailing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja house in London. ‎ Mr. Buhari who has been in London for over 100 days is receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Barely 24 hours ago, the…

Buhari’s “health has improved tremendously” – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has spoken on his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London. Mr. Buhari on Thursday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Mr. Dogara at Abuja House in London. PREMIUM TIMES published the visit which was initially announced in a…

NANS elects ‘Zone A’ officers

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS 'Zone A' has at a convention held in Minna, Niger State, elected 10 officers into various offices. According to a statement jointly signed by the convention committee chairman and four others, the election had about 70 delegates who are presidents of the student…

Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Hate speech will no longer be tolerated in Nigeria – Osinbajo

The Nigerian government has drawn a line on hate speech in the country, equating it to terrorism. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, stated this on Thursday at the National Economic Council security retreat held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He said the intimidation of a population by words or…

Popular Abuja night club ‘The Bank’ shuts down indefinitely

A popular Abuja night club, The Bank, has been shut following a series of controversies that have trailed it recently. A source said the club, whose social media account was recently hacked, has been embroiled in different managerial controversies and has consequently resolved to shut operations indefinitely despite high patronage.…

After dithering, SGF finally releases appointment letter of REC nominee

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, has finally released the appointment letter of a Resident Electoral Commissioner-designate, Asma'u Maikudi. The acting SGF, Habiba Lawal, has released the letter which was dated August 3. Ms. Maikudi, 55, was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari in March…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Youth Parliament urges state assemblies to support #NotTooYoungToRun bill

The Nigerian Youth Parliament led by its speaker, Ayodele John, has called on state assemblies to support the Age Reduction Amendment Bill for elective political offices popularly known as the not-too-young-to-run bill. The bill which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly seeks to reduce the age for…

Election, voters

Constituents write INEC, want Kano lawmaker recalled

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Monday that it has received a petition from constituents to recall Abubakar Kuki, a member of the Kano State House of Assembly representing Bebeji Constituency. In a statement signed on Monday by Adedeji Soyebi, who is the Chairman, Information and Voter Education…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate confirms new chairman for Abuja internal revenue service

The Senate has confirmed Abdullahi Attah as the Executive Chairman of the Board of the FCT Internal Revenue Service. This was contained in a letter sent to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mohammed Bello, by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. The senate president gave Mr.…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Why we tried to remove president’s powers in constitution amendment – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that presidential assent was an unnecessary addition to the process of amendment of the constitution. He told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja that it was with that conviction that the Senate approved the removal of presidential assent to…