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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent at PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where he also obtained an Masters's degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Twitter: @nastogo

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NJC Anti Graft Panel

I received list of 1,124 corruption cases before Nigerian courts – CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, said he has received 1,124 corruption cases from heads of courts of the various jurisdictions across Nigeria. Speaking during the inauguration of the Corruption and Other Financial Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO) at the complex of the National Judicial Council, the chief justice,…

Johnson Agbonayinma

PDP likely to lose three more Reps

The representation of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the National Assembly is set to reduce further as three of its members in the House of Representatives appear ready to move to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. The lawmakers are Johnson Agbonayinma…

The Channels TV bus involved in the accident [Photo by Nasir Ayitogo, 10/27/2017]

JUST IN (PHOTOS): Channels TV crew involved in road accident

An accident involving a Channels Television crew happened on Friday night in Abuja. The accident occurred at church gate junction of the Nigerian capital and caused injuries to occupants of the TV station’s bus and another car also involved in the accident. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="247536,247537,247540,247541,247542"] Details later

Abdulrasheed maina

Reps launch investigation into Maina’s recall

The House of Representatives on Tuesday set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the "resurfacing, reabsorbing and subsequent elevation" of fugitive alleged pension fund fraudster, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the rank of an acting director in the Federal Ministry of Interior. The move by the lawmakers came on the same day…

Patience Jonathan

Stop interfering in Patience Jonathan’s investigations, SERAP urges National Assembly

A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged the National Assembly to withdraw its directives to some banks to unfreeze former first lady Patience Jonathan’s accounts. Accounts and persons linked to Mrs. Jonathan are being investigated by the anti-graft agency, EFCC. The two chambers of the…

Nigerian govt commences pension payment to police officers who sided Biafra

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, on Friday flagged off payments of pension to police officers who were retired for their roles in the Nigerian civil war which lasted between 1967 and 1970. PTAD in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari approved the payment of pensions for retired…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

National Assembly will accommodate restructuring, devolution of powers in constitutional amendment – Dogara

The National Assembly is taking note of the debate on restructuring and devolution of power with a view to reflecting the consensus on the issues in the Nigerian Constitution. The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, stated this on Wednesday when he briefed the Nigerian Governors Forum on the…

House of Reps

Reps to investigate termination of Intels contract with NPA

The House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate and ascertain if due process was followed in the termination of contract between the Nigerian Ports Authorities and Intels. This was unanimously adopted after a motion was raised under matters of urgent public importance by Diri Duoye (Bayelsa-PDP)…

House of Reps

Nigerians are suffering, lawmakers tell Buhari

Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to tackle the problems of poverty in the country. This followed a letter written by President Muhammadu Buhari to the lawmakers indicating his plan to present the 2018-2020 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, to…

Nigeria’s security agencies are poorly funded — Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that weak and underfunded security agencies cannot live up to the task of protecting the country in the face of many security challenges. He stated this at a retreat on security-related committees of the National Assembly and Security Agencies…

INVESTIGATION: How latest Mambilla Plateau violence unfolded; leaving deaths, destruction

For the years he lived with his parents and siblings, Ibrahim Kwarakwara, like other residents of Mambilla plateau of Taraba State, witnessed bouts of ethno-religious violence. Now and again, armed attackers belonging to either the indigenous Mambilla ethnic group or settlers Fulani group, pounced on each other, destroying lives and properties.…

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

Reps to probe poor condition of State House Clinic

The House of Representatives has asked an ad-hoc committee to investigate the condition of the State House Clinic, Abuja, and alleged irregular deductions from the salaries and allowances of the staff. This house set up the committee after adopting a motion raised by Henry Archibong (PDP-Akwa Ibom) at the plenary…

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

Reps summon health minister over monkeypox outbreak

The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to appear before it to explain measures being taken to curb the outbreak of monkeypox across the country. The National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, had earlier confirmed that 31…

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

Two PDP Reps decamp to APC

Two members of the House of Representatives, Zephaniah Jisalo and Yusuf Tijjani, have defected from the People's Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The duo informed the House of their defection in separate letters read on the floor by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara. Messrs. Jisalo and…

House of Reps

Finally, Dogara swears in Hembe’s replacement

The Speaker of the House of Representatives has finally sworn in Dorathy Mato who was declared the authentic representative of Vandeikiya/Konshisha federal constituency of Benue State. The Supreme Court had ordered that former lawmaker, Herman Hembe, should vacate the seat and refund all monies received since 2015 and that Mrs.…

OANDO

N799 billion liabilities: Reps give SEC, Oando ultimatum to resolve controversy

The House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market and other Institutions on Tuesday gave the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC and Oando Plc two weeks to resolve all issues regarding the alleged N799 billion stakeholders' liabilities with the oil firm. At the House committee meeting where officials of the two…

House of Reps

Presidency commends Reps for restating commitment to Nigeria’s unity

The Presidency has commended the members of the House of Representatives for passing a resolution to work for the unity of Nigeria in the face of what it described as daunting challenges and threats posed by certain groups, who are bent on causing disharmony and disunity among Nigerians. The House…

Illegal Arms Importation: Nigeria Customs chief meets Turkish ambassador

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali has expressed concern over the 671 pump action rifles imported from Turkey which appeared to suggest complicity of both Nigerian and Turkish officials. He expressed his worry at a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, who paid him…

House of Reps

IPOB: Reps to revisit devolution of powers

The House of Representatives has resolved to revisit the devolution of power bill which failed during the constitutional amendment in June. The return to the bill is to curb agitations, such as the one by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. This was contained in a matter of urgent public…

House Speaker Dogara speaks on controversial NGO bill

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday welcomed public criticism of the content of the controversial NGO regulatory bill. Mr. Dogara stated this in his welcome remark after the House reconvened from a two months recess. "Public criticism of the content of the Bill is a…

House of Reps

Catholic groups oppose NGO bill, accuse sponsor of subtly promoting Islam

A Christian group has criticised the Non-Governmental Organisation Bill seeking to regulate the affairs of NGOs in the country. The bill — titled, “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of a Non-Governmental Organisation Regulatory Commission for the Supervision, Coordination and Monitoring of Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society…

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

DOWNLOAD: The NGO Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2016

The Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission(Establishment) Bill, 2016, is one the 1716 bills currently pending in the 8th National Assembly. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 2, 2016 by Umar Buba Jibril, a lawmaker from Kogi State, elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress…

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

Sacked Nigerian lawmakers fail to refund N61 million to National Assembly

Nigerian lawmakers recently sacked by the Supreme Court and asked to refund all salaries and allowances received thus far are expected to refund about N61 million cumulatively. However, about three months after they were sacked by the apex court, there are no indications any of the three lawmakers affected has…

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…