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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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Police bow to pressure, return all items seized from Senator Goje’s home

The Nigeria Police have succumbed to pressure by the National Assembly and returned all items, including budget documents taken from the residence of the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Danjuma Goje a raid last week. A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National…

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Reps gives police 24 hours to return budget documents allegedly carted from Goje’s residence

  The House of Representatives has given the police 24 hours to return all documents relating to the 2017 appropriation bill allegedly carted away from the residence of a senator, Danjuma Goje, who heads the Senate committee on appropriations. The House also condemned in strong terms, the invasion of Mr.…

How we spent Kano Emirate funds, Emir Sanusi-led Council explains

The Kano State Emirate Council on Monday defended itself over an allegation of financial recklessness, saying it is not true that it has spent over N6 billion in less than three years since former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi, became the Emir of Kano. At a press…

I was not among those stoned at APC rally – Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives representing Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency of Katsina State, Amiru Tukur, on Tuesday said though he was present at a party rally where public officials were stoned, he was not one of the affected officials. The ruling All Progressives Congress held the rally in Funtua…

Dogara cautions Nigerian govt against conducting census before 2019 elections

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on the people clamouring for conduct of population census in 2018 to exercise patience till after 2019 elections when there will be no political pressure to manipulate its outcome. This was contained in a statement issued by his Special…

Malabu Scandal: PDP lawmakers react to House of Reps’ plan to summon Jonathan

Some opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives have reacted to the plans by an ad-hoc committee investigating the $1.3 billion Malabu deal to summon former President Goodluck Jonathan over his role in the controversial award of OPL 245 licence. The Chairman of the House Committee on Justice who also…

Jibrin faults Dogara’s published payslips

A suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has faulted the payslip published by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as understating his emoluments. He said that if the payslip published by the speaker was authentic, it means he as a member earns more than…

Dogara tackles El-Rufai, releases salary payslip

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday released his salary payslip that shows he earns about N402,500 monthly. Mr. Dogara released the payslip in response to a challenge by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who on Monday released details of his state’s finances. Mr. El-Rufai had…

State govt drags journalist to court over ‘false’ southern Kaduna story

The Kaduna State government has dragged the Vanguard newspaper correspondent in the state, Luka Binniyat, to court for alleged false reporting of the death of some students during the crisis in the southern part of the state. Mr. Binniyat was slammed with a two-count charge before a Kaduna State High…

Dogara replies el-Rufai, dares Kaduna governor to publish security votes

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Friday challenged the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, to extend his call for budget transparency in the National Assembly to other arms of government. Mr. Dogara was speaking at the closing of a retreat for the management of the…

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Youth ‘frustrate’ moves by APC to sanction Jibrin for demanding Buhari’s resignation

Moves by the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to suspend a federal lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, for urging President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, suffered a setback on Wednesday as youth frustrated the plan. Hundreds of Mr. Jibrin's supporters thronged the state secretariat of the party to protest…

Finance, budget ministers appear before House of Representatives

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and her counterpart from the Budget and Planning ministry, Udoma Udoma, have arrived the House of Representatives to address the challenges facing Nigerian pensioners. The house had earlier resolved to invite the ministers and the head of budget office to brief the house on…

Nigerian lawmakers to investigate Multichoice Nigeria

The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to investigate the ‘exorbitant charges’ and refusal of Multichoice Nigeria, owners of Dstv and Gotv, to adopt 'Pay As You Go' package option. The resolution was due to a motion by Abbas Tajudeen (Kaduna-APC).…

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Reps reject bill seeking to allow National Assembly sack state governors, deputies

The House of Representatives on Wednesday kicked against a bill to enable the National Assembly sack state governors and deputy governors. The bill was sponsored by the only Senior Advocate of Nigeria in the House, Edward Pwajok (Plateau-PDP), and Ali Isa (Gombe – PDP). The bill which was presented by…

Reps ask Nigerian govt to release N15 billion to settle fees, allowances of 30,000 Amnesty programme beneficiaries

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to release N15billion appropriated for the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the 2016 Budget to enable the payment of five month arrears being owed 30,000 beneficiaries of the programme. The House gave the advice following a motion on Tuesday at the plenary…

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Reps urges Nigerian govt. to constitute Customs board

The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to constitute the Nigerian Customs Service board. This was sequel to a motion raised by Kingsley Chinda (Rivers-PDP). He said since the powers exercised by the Customs, Immigration and Prison services Board to appoint, promote and exercise disciplinary control over…

Nigerian lawmakers ask JAMB to extend 2017 UTME registration deadline

The House of Representatives has urged the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB to extend the one month deadline given to applicants for the 2017 UTME exercise by at least another month to create more space for prospective applicants. The call was contained in a motion on Tuesday raised by…

Reps move to regulate visiting lectureship in Nigerian Universities

The House of Representatives has called on the National Universities Commission to regulate the role of visiting lecturers in Nigerian universities. This followed a motion on Wednesday sponsored by Abbas Tajudeen (Kaduna APC). Arguing the motion, Mr. Tajudeen stated that many universities, especially state-owned and private ones, rely too much…

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Dogara speaks on Hameed Ali, Senate uniform controversy

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday described the face-off between the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, and the Senate as a “mere distraction.” Mr. Dogara, who stated this when he hosted newspaper editors in his office in Abuja, said the uniform is not supposed…

We’ll make National Assembly budget public in 2017, Dogara pledges

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday pledged that the budget of the National Assembly will be made public in 2017. Mr. Dogara stated this at an interactive session with newspaper editors at his office in Abuja. “We will definitely open the books,” he said, while…

APC has performed well governing Nigeria – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration has performed creditably despite its challenges. Mr. Dogara stated this at an interactive session with newspaper editors in Abuja on Tuesday. The speaker said Nigerians who criticise the government’s performance should…

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Reps to investigate non-remittance of N5.6 billion by Federal Mortgage Bank

The House of Representatives has on Tuesday ordered the investigation of the non-remittance of N5.6 billion by the federal mortgage bank of Nigeria. This was contained in a motion jointly moved by Nicholas Ossai and Victor Nwokolo (both from Delta-PDP) Speaking on the motion, Mr. Ossai said between 2011 and…

Kaduna airport unsafe, insecure, Nigerian lawmakers say

The House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the aviation operations at the Kaduna International Airport. The lawmakers said the airport lacked safety standards for both domestic and international flights. The condemnation is coming barely a month after the lawmakers passed a resolution supporting the Kaduna Airport to serve as an…

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Zaki Biam killings: Police deploy special units

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Police Special Tactical Force to end the killings by unknown gunmen in Zaki-Biam, Ukum local government of Benue State, police spokesperson said. Speaking on Wednesday, behalf of the Inspector General, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the team comprises…

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Another PDP lawmaker decamps to APC

A member of the House of Representatives from Benue State, Hassan Anthony, has defected from the People's Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Anthony’s defection was announced on the floor of the House at the start of Wednesday's plenary. The lawmaker who represents Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu constituency,…