queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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U.S. President, Donald Trump and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

U.S – Iran Crisis: Don’t take sides, Nigerians urge Buhari administration

Majority of Nigerians who participated in a PREMIUM TIMES poll have asked the federal government not to take sides in the 'crisis' between the United States and Iran. Although most of the participants voted against the idea, a few others voted for Nigeria to take sides while some said they…

Ifeanyi Ubah

Ifeanyi Ubah appeals court order sacking him as senator

A sacked senator, Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has filed an appeal against Friday's judgement of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Bwari that sacked him as a lawmaker. He disclosed this to journalists on Saturday where he also said he has filed an injunction for…

Ifeanyi Ubah

Court sacks Ifeanyi Ubah as senator

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court in Kubwa, Abuja, has nullified the election of Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra south. The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Mr Ubah and to issue a fresh certificate to the…

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State

We’ve accepted community policing in Nasarawa — Gov Sule

The governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, has disclosed that the state has introduced community policing. He said the introduction of community policing in the state is to complement the police and other security agencies in combating crime. Mr Sule said this in Abuja on Thursday after a meeting with…

The discussion dominated the celebration of the ECOWAS Human Rights Day in Abuja on Thursday

ECOWAS, CDD, Amnesty discuss ways to promote education for IDPs, others

The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Amnesty International and some other organisations have discussed ways to promote education for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, persons with disabilities, returnees and stateless persons across the country. The discussion dominated the celebration of the ECOWAS…

Group protesting the use of trousers in NYSC

Group wants skirts included in NYSC uniform

An advocacy group, Serve With Skirts Movement, on Wednesday, held a peaceful protest at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to demand inclusion of skirts as part of the uniform for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Members of the group, comprising of young boys and girls, held banners with inscriptions…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

I was not convicted in U.S., Omo-Agege insists

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has dismissed claims he was convicted in the United States of America by the State Bar Court of the State of California, Los Angeles in 1996. The lawmaker said he was alleged to have broken the law in California, and tried but in the…

SENATE: National Assembly {NASS}

Don’t release N37 billion for NASS renovation, Nigerians tell Buhari

Many Nigerians who partook in a PREMIUM TIMES opinion poll have asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to release N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex. This comes week after the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, announced that Mr Buhari has approved the sum to upgrade and rehabilitate some…

Rochas Okorocha

Panel says Okorocha diverted N6 billion from ISOPADEC

An investigative panel in Imo State has said a former governor, Rochas Okorocha, allegedly diverted over N6 billion from the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC). This was contained in a report by the panel which said N6,044,774,341.37 of the agency’s funds could not be accounted for, the…

Senate in Plenary

ANALYSIS: How Ninth Senate fared in 2019

The ninth Senate was inaugurated six months ago and many members of the chambers took their oath offices then. This was after President Muhammadu Buhari issued a proclamation letter about two weeks after he was sworn in for a second term. The letter proclaimed the termination of the eighth assembly…

Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kwara

Saraki talks tough, vows to tackle Governor Abdulrazaq over revocation of late father’s property

A former senate president, Bukola Saraki, has vowed to contest the revocation of his late father's property by the Kwara State Government. He described the act as a deliberate effort of the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, to erase the legacies of his (Saraki’s) late father, Olusola Saraki. The chief press…

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State [Photo: NAN]

Why I resigned as Gov Matawalle’s adviser – Marafa

Sambo Marafa, a former Special Adviser to the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has said his resignation was personal and not borne out of anger or a rift between him and the governor. He made this known in a statement on Sunday. Mr Marafa, who is the younger brother to…

Senator Aliyu Abdullahi

U.S. stance on Nigeria’s religious freedom justifies hate speech bill – Senator

The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger), has said the hate speech bill he introduced to the Senate will address all issues of discrimination associated with religious and ethnic persecution in Nigeria. Mr Abdullahi, who is the sponsor of the bill, said this while reacting to…

Nigeria Senate plenary

Senate increases, passes FCT budget

The Senate, on Thursday, approved N278.4 billion (N278,355,365,947) as the budget of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for 2020. This is against the N232.8 billion (N232,875,365,947) proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari a week ago. It was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Senate committee on FCT.…

Senate in Plenary

Senate adjourns plenary till 2020, names new committee chairpersons

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned legislative activities for the year. The lawmakers are expected to resume on January 28, 2020. The Senate held plenary for a short period on Friday - at which it considered and passed the 2020 budget of the Federal Capital Territory. After a short break, they…

Senate in Plenary

Court Invasion: Senate Committee gives AGF, SSS, others 24 hours to submit testimonies

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has asked the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the State Security Service (SSS) and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana, to submit their testimonies on the alleged invasion of a Federal High Court within 24 hours. The committee also…

SENATE: National Assembly {NASS}

Legislative aides protest non-payment of salaries

Some legislative aides to federal lawmakers on Thursday staged a peaceful protest to demand unpaid allowances. The aides positioned themselves in the complex, at the lobby between both chambers of the National Assembly, as they held up placards with inscriptions, “we are aides, not slaves", "it is a grievous sin…

Nigeria Senate plenary

Senate adjourns plenary to mourn Ben Uwajumogu

The Senate held its plenary for a brief period on Thursday and then adjourned to Friday. The adjournment followed a motion by the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, who officially announced Ben Uwajumogu's death. He asked his colleagues to observe a minute of silence in honour of the lawmaker. He also…

Former Akwa Ibom Governor and Senator, Godswill Akpabio.

Buhari backtracks on NDDC board, supports Akpabio’s interim committee

Over one month after the Senate confirmed nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari as board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the president has jettisoned the nominees. Instead, Mr Buhari has approved that a new board be composed for the embattled interventionist agency. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the…

A detachment of the Peace Corps of Nigeria... Photo Credit: Facebook Page of Peace Corps of Nigeria

Why I reintroduced Peace Corps bill – Senator

The Borno senator, Ali Ndume, has said the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps is not only important but necessary. The lawmaker who addressed journalists on Wednesday, explained his reasons for reintroducing the bill in the Senate. The bill, Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, was one of the six bills…

FIRS

Senate confirms new chairpersons for FIRS, AMCON

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Muhammad Nami as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. Also confirmed are members and representatives of geopolitical zones for FIRS. Those confirmed are James Yakwen Ayuba - Member (North Central); Ado Danjuma - Member (North West) and Adam Baba Mohammad…

NAHCON logo

Buhari appoints two more NAHCON board members, NASC officials

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed two more members of the National Hajj Commission. They are Bala Muhammad and Yusuf Nwoha. The appointment comes two weeks after he sought the confirmation of the new chairman and other commissioners for the commission. In a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan,…

Nigerian Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

Senate to investigate ‘injustices’ on Nigerian traders, businesses in Ghana

The Senate on Tuesday delegated its Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Investment to liaise with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the status of Nigerian businesses in Ghana. This resolution was adopted after the lawmakers discussed alleged injustice and ill-treatment of Nigerian traders and business owners in…

Senate in Plenary

Senate summons Aregbesola over Nigeria’s visa-on-arrival policy

The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, over the new visa-on-arrival policy recently announced by President Muhammadu Buhari. The lawmakers want Mr Aregbesola alongside the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede, and other relevant officers, to appear before the Senate Committees on Interior, Judiciary and Legal…

A detachment of the Peace Corps of Nigeria... Photo Credit: Facebook Page of Peace Corps of Nigeria

Senator reintroduces Peace Corps bill

A senator has reintroduced the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill. The bill was one of the six bills read for the first time at plenary on Tuesday. It is sponsored by Borno senator, Ali Ndume. It was passed by the National Assembly in 2017. The bill was in December 2017…