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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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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

I’ll restructure Nigeria in six months if elected president – Atiku

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said he would restructure Nigeria in six months if elected president in the 2019 elections. Mr Abubakar stated this Wednesday during a question and answer session at the Chatham House in UK after delivering a lecture titled: "The Importance of Strengthening State Economic…

House of Reps

SDP gets first National Assembly member

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has gained its first defector in the House of Representatives. The member, Olamide Oni, who represents Ijero/Ekiti-West/Efo federal constituency of Ekiti state, announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday during plenary. He cited division as his reason for leaving the PDP…

Buhari in NASS

UPDATED: Killings: Reps summon Buhari, pass vote of no confidence on service chiefs

The House of Representatives during plenary, Wednesday resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the spate of killings in Benue State and other parts of the country. The decision was unanimously adopted by overwhelming majority of members after a Kano lawmaker, Baballe Bashir (APC, Kano) moved for the amendment of…

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

After approving $462m for aircraft, Buhari formally seeks Reps approval

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally requested the House of Representatives to include the procurement of the Super Tucano aircraft to fight insecurity in the country in the 2018 Appropriation Act, after authorising the withdrawal of $462m from the excess crude account for the procurement. In a letter read by the…

NEMA Headquarters

We received no relief material from NEMA – Yobe Governor

The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam, has said his state did not receive any relief material from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for over a year despite being affected by insurgency. The governor revealed this in a letter delivered to the House of Representatives committee on Emergency and…

How thugs stole Senate mace

Police recover stolen Senate mace

The Nigerian police say they have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate on Wednesday. According to a statement signed by the deputy public relations officer in the police headquarters, Aremu Adeniran, and sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the police said they recovered the mace where the hoodlums abandoned…

Solomon Adeola

Mace Theft: Senator ‘kidnapped’ during invasion

A Senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Adeola, was abducted during Wednesday's invasion by thugs into the National Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES learnt The thugs, who came with suspended pro-Buhari senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, carted away the mace from the chamber and also kidnapped Mr Adeola who was on his way to the…

Thugs stealing the mace from the Senate

PHOTO STORY: How thugs stole Senate mace

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How thugs stole Senate mace

DEVELOPING STORY: Thugs invade Senate, steal mace

The Senate plenary was on Wednesday disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace. The incident happened few seconds after a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, entered the chamber. PREMIUM TIMES reporter observed that about 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator…

House of Reps

Alleged NEMA Fraud: Blackmail won’t make us suspend investigation – Reps

The House of Representatives committee on national emergency and disaster preparedness has said no amount of blackmail will make it suspend its investigation into alleged fraud at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Members of the committee stated this on Tuesday during a press briefing at the National Assembly. They…

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

Two Reps members dump PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost two of its members in the House of Representatives to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The two members, Ben Nwankwo and Anayo Nnebe, both from Anambra State made their decisions known in separate letters read on the floor of the House by…

Yemi-Osinbajo-2

Why Reps panel resolved to summon Osinbajo, Magu, others

In a daring move, a committee of the House of Representatives has decided to invite Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to appear before it. The committee’s decision on Thursday was reached as part of its investigation into an agency, whose board Mr. Osinbajo chairs. The committee is investigating alleged violation of…

House of Reps

Reps panel announces decision to invite Osinbajo, Magu, Oyo-Ita

A House of Representatives panel investigating the alleged violation of public trust in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that it will invite the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, who doubles as the board chairman of NEMA over the suspension of six of its directors. During a public hearing…

House of Reps

Abacha Loot: Reps investigate proposed payment of $17 million to lawyers

The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the payment of $16.9 million to lawyers by the Attorney-General of the Federation for the recovery of 'Abacha loot'. The committee is also to investigate the controversy surrounding the engagement of Nigerian lawyers for a…

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

Reps uncover N1.6 billion contracts fraud at NEMA

The House of Representatives committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has uncovered irregularities in award of contracts by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). At an investigative hearing on violation of public trust in NEMA by the House Committee, it was discovered that the agency spent N1.6billon on contract awards…

House of Reps

Port Harcourt Soot: Reps ask Auditor General to conduct ‘environmental audit’

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has ordered the Auditor General to the Federation (AuGF), Anthony Ayine, to conduct an environmental audit in Rivers State with special focus on the black soot that recently polluted the environment in Port Harcourt and neighboring communities. This came just as the…

Protesters Storm National Assembly over NGO bill [Photo: Kemi Busari - PREMIUM TIMES)

Nigerian govt announces plans to profile NGOs

Months after a bill to regulate non-governmental organisations (NGOs) failed in the National Assembly, the government has announced plans to profile NGOs. The federal government says the profiling is to ensure compliance with regulations against money laundering and terrorist financing. Francis Usani, Director, Nigerian Financial intelligence Unit (NFIU) said this…

Bukar Mustapha, the senator representing Katsina North. [Photo credit: Daily Post]

Another Nigerian Senator, Bukar Mustapha, is dead

Bukar Mustapha, the senator representing Katsina North, is dead. Mr. Mustapha was President Muhammadu Buhari's senator as he represented the president's senatorial district. He died after a brief illness on Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The News Agency of Nigeria quotes Mr. Bukar's elder brother, Umar Bukar, as confirming the news.…

Like senators, reps to look into bribery allegations against members

The Nigerian House of Representatives has denied a report by the Daily Sun newspaper that some of its members had taken bribe to change position on the process to amend the Electoral Act. Moving a point of order on Wednesday, Danburam Nuhu (Kano-APC) called the attention of his colleagues to…

House of Reps

Return unremitted N477 million, Reps instruct agency

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has asked the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Import Promotion Council (NIPC), Yewande Sadiku, to return to the coffers of the federal government, an unremitted N477 million. The funds are part of Internally Generated Revenue by the agency between 2013 and 2014, meant…

Late Hassan Lawal

Former minister Hassan Lawal is dead

A former minister of works and housing, Hassan Lawal, is dead. Mr. Lawal served as minister under late President Umaru Yar'Adua He died in the late hours of Saturday after a protracted illness at the Turkish Nizamye Hospital in Abuja, a family member told PREMIUM TIMES. He is to be…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Hijab crisis: We’re ready to ‘part ways’ with judiciary — Dogara

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday warned the Nigerian judiciary over what he described as its infringement on the powers of the legislature. Mr. Dogara threatened that the House would part ways with the judiciary if it continues to 'gag' the National Assembly. He also…

301 Reps sponsor bills to stop Ajaokuta steel company concession

On the heels of the face off between the House of Representatives and the ministers of mines and steel development, 301 members jointly sponsored each of two bills aimed at stopping the concession of Ajaokuta Steel Company of Nigeria. The first bill with the long title: 'A bill for an…

Reps reintroduce Peace Corps, election bills

In a bid to possibly override President Muhammad Buhari's veto, the House of Representatives has re-introduced the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps for a first reading. It also reintroduced the bill amending the sequence of general elections. Both bills were rejected by the president weeks ago. Other bills…

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

JUST IN: Reps move to suspend another member

The House of Representatives on Wednesday moved against one of its members, Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-APC) over his comments on the amendment of the electoral act. Mr. Agbonayinma had in an interview he granted to Channels Television said the National Assembly did not follow due process in the controversial amendments. Moving…