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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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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

APC to establish institute for progressive studies – Oshiomhole

The national chairman of Nigeria's ruling party, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that his party is establishing an institute for progressive studies in Nigeria. Mr Oshiomhole stated this on Wednesday when he led members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari…

The ongoing house of reps voting to elect new speaker

ANALYSIS: The making of Gbajabiamila’s House committees; why Jibrin, others lost out

With the composition of 109 standing committees by the House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the green chamber of the Nigerian parliament appears to have one of the highest in the world. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the top gainers and losers in this exercise. The first striking thing…

Why I reported Nigerian journalist to police – Former lawmaker

A former member of the House of Representatives, Tony Nwulu, has defended his decision to report Oke Epia, Editor in Chief of the Order Paper online newspaper, to the police. In a series of tweets on Wednesday evening, Mr Nwulu claimed that Mr Epia is a politician and not a…

The journalist, Oke Epia

Detained Nigerian journalist released on bail

A Nigerian journalist who was briefly detained by the police on Tuesday has been released. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Okey Epia, the publisher of Order Paper, was held at the National Assembly division of the police after he honoured a police invitation on Tuesday morning. He was invited by the police based…

Oke Epia

Police detain Nigerian journalist over report on politician

The National Assembly division of the Nigerian Police Force has reportedly detained Oke Epia, Editor in Chief of Order Paper. Mr Epia, who honoured a police invitation over an alleged false publication by the news media, was seen at the presidential gate police station being interrogated by detectives on Tuesday afternoon.…

Uche Secondus

Submit ministerial list to EFCC, PDP tells Senate

Nigeria's main opposition party, the PDP, has urged the Senate to further give credibility to its ministerial screening by sending the names of the nominees to the anti-graft agency, EFCC. The party stated this on Monday evening in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan. Mr Ologbodiyan stated that…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Unpaid Allowances: Go to court, Yahaya Bello dares deputy governor

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has dismissed claims by his deputy, Simon Achuba, that he is being owed over N800 million. He, therefore, challenged Mr Achuba to head to court if he believes he has a case. The governor in a statement by his spokesperson, Kingsley Fanwo, said the…

Femi Gbajabiamila

House Committees: APC gets 80, PDP 21

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday named chairpersons for the house standing and special committees. The standing committees were also increased from 96 to 105. The decision to increase the committees was contained in a report submitted by an ad-hoc committee mandated to review the…

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Femi]

Gbajabiamila names House committee chairpersons

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has named chairpersons for the house standing committees. The standing committees were also increased from 96 to 109. The decision to increase the committees was contained in a report submitted by an ad-hoc committee mandated to review the house standing order: In…

House of Reps

Shiites, El-Zakzaky split House of Reps

The House of Representatives had a rowdy session on Tuesday over a motion on the activities of Shiite members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The lawmakers, after an executive session, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to meet with…

Shiites Protesters

Shiites Protest: Police confirm death of DCP, say two other officers injured

The police have confirmed the death of a senior officer in the violence that resulted from a Shiite protest on Monday in Abuja. Usman Umar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, was killed in the violence, police spokesperson Frank Mba wrote. Two other senior officers…

A Shiite protest

UPDATED: Shiite Protest: 12 reportedly killed as IGP Adamu meets Buhari

A Shiite protest that turned violent on Monday was the major issue of discussion at a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. At least 12 people, including a police officer, were reported killed and several injured when the protesters clashed with security officers. Amnesty International…

One of the outpost belonging to NEMA set ablaze by Shiite members

Senior Nigerian police officer killed during Shiites protest

A senior police officer has been killed in the protest by the Shiite group, IMN, in Abuja. PRNigeria, a news agency with close ties to security agencies, named the slain police officer as Umar Usman, Mr Usman was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations. PREMIUM TIMES reported…

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP, Presidency trade words over ‘whereabouts’ of $1 billion ECA Fund

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tackled the presidency over what it termed the shocking revelations by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Mongunu, on the whereabouts of $1 billion excess crude account security fund. The opposition party, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday evening alleged…

House of Reps 3

N8.5 million we receive monthly is too small – Nigerian lawmaker

The N8.5 million monthly running cost that members of the House of Representatives receive is insufficient, a lawmaker has said. Oluwole Oke, who represents Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, stated this in an interview with Punch Newspaper. The lawmaker admitted that the running cost is different from the N606,000…

House of Reps

Edo Assembly crisis, Buhari’s special advisers, others top Reps activities last week

With the passage of over 100 bills for first reading last week, the 9th House of Representatives appears to have hit the ground running Here are some highlights from the house last week: Tuesday -The House adopted a motion on the urgent need to investigate the recent killing of Foluke…

The ongoing house of reps voting to elect new speaker

Reps urge Buhari to release university staff allowances

The House of Representatives has called on the Buhari led-Federal Government to release the allowances earned by non-academic staff in federal universities. The House made the call while adopting a motion of Urgent Public Importance raised by Aisha Dukku (Gombe, APC) at the plenary on Thursday. Ms Dukku said the…

House of Representatives in Plenary

Reps approve Buhari’s request for 15 special advisers

The House of Representatives has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint 15 Special Advisers. This was sequel to a motion moved by the leader of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa (Kano, APC) on Thursday. Mr Buhari had in a letter informed the Senate of his intention to appoint…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Reps orders fresh inauguration for Edo Assembly

Members of the House of Representatives have given a one-week ultimatum to the the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation for the Edo State House of Assembly. The lawmakers arrived at the resolution on Wednesday while adopting the report of an ad-hoc committee mandated to investigate…

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila appoints 27 more aides

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed 27 more aides. This is coming barely a week after the speaker appointed his six media aides. According to a statement by Lanre Lasisi, the speaker’s spokesperson, most of the appointees were former members of the house. The appointees…

House of Reps

Edo Assembly crisis, El-Zakzaky’s detention, others dominate Reps discussions last week

The House of Representatives was full of activities last week as the lawmakers settled down to business. Unlike the preceding week that was characterised by controversies, the past week was full of more legislative business. Below are the major highlights: Tuesday The House resolved to set up a 13-member ad-hoc…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila appoints media aides

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has approved the appointment of Olarewaju Lasisi as his senior special adviser on media and public affairs. In a statement signed by the Speaker, he said the appointment took immediate effect. Until his appointment, Mr Lasisi was the parliamentary correspondent of…

El-Zakzaky

Release El-Zakzaky, Reps tell Federal Government

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to release Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, in accordance with several court rulings. The House made this call while adopting a motion by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu. The lawmakers said the…

Edo State House of Assembly

Reps wade into Edo assembly crisis

The House of Representatives has set up a 13-member ad-hoc committee to investigate the crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly. The state assembly has been embroiled in controversies over the ‘inauguration’ and the ‘election’ of a new speaker. This development has also lent credence to the reports of…

Ndudi Elumelu [Photo: Elombah]

Opposition lawmakers ask PDP to reverse suspension of Elumelu, others

Some lawmakers from the minority parties have called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to lift the suspension on the Ndudi Elumelu-led House minority leadership. The main opposition on Friday evening in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, announced the suspension of members of the House of…