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Nigerian govt paid ransom for release of Chibok girls – Senators

Some senators have hinted that the release of some of the Chibok girls kidnapped in April 2014, involved payment of ransom to the Boko Haram terror group. The senators said this on Thursday while deliberating on a motion seeking the intervention of the federal government in the rescue of the…

Revitalise PHCs across Nigeria, Senate urges Nigerian govt

The Senate has called on the Federal Government to revitalise Nigeria's primary health care system. It made the call on Tuesday while noting a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF that over 2300 children under the age of five and 145 women die daily due to the poor…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate wants drug rehabilitation centres in all LGA

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health, to establish rehabilitation centre in each Local Government Area of the country. The Senate also resolved to “mandate the Committee on Health to ensure that the Federal Government gives the centres the needed attention when established.” The…

Senate probes ‘secret’ NNPC, Agip account holding over N30 billion

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its committee on public accounts to carry out an investigation into an alleged 'secret account' operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Agip oil company. The resolution was made on Tuesday after a deliberation on a motion titled, “Urgent need to investigate NNPC,…

I forgive El-Rufai for demolishing my property – Senator

A senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the demolition of his property by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in the state, noting that he has no case against the governor and has ‘forgiven him’. Suleiman Hunkuyi said this while addressing journalists on Tuesday. He…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senator queries claim new election sequence ‘targeted’ at Buhari

A senator, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) has distanced himself from a group of senators who rejected the proposed election sequence and alleged it was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Melaye questioned the claim on Tuesday while reacting to a colleague’s statement on Channels TV. The senator accused Ovie…

Pro-Buhari senator tackles Obasanjo, says ex-president should be tried for corruption

A senator has criticised ex-Presdient Olusegun Obasanjo over his open letter to Presdient Muhammadu Buhari. Abdullahi Adamu, who is also a former Nasarawa State governor, however, said he agrees with Mr. Obasanjo’s allegations that Mr. Buhari is selective in prosecuting the anti-corruption war "Chief Obasanjo said that President Buhari is…

Saraki invites seven-year old comedienne, Emmanuella, to Senate

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has invited popular Nigerian comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, to the upper legislative chamber, describing her story as an inspiration. Mr. Saraki made the invitation in posts on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts on Sunday, asking the seven-year to come to the Senate…

Majority states pass ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill

The bill seeking to amend sections of the 1999 Constitution to reduce the age limits for eligibility for elective offices in Nigeria, known as the Not Too Young To Run bill, has secured the endorsement of 24 states. Both chambers of the National Assembly passed the amendment bill in July…

House of Reps

Rep accuses NEMA of ‘siphoning’ public funds

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday accused the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), of diverting public funds. The lawmakers alleged this while deliberating on a motion titled 'Urgent public importance to investigate the violation of public trust at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)'', sponsored by Benjamin Wayo…

Reps give Police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has directed the police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja which has been sealed by its operatives since February 28, 2017. The panel gave this directive at a public hearing on Tuesday, after deliberating on a…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate wants importation of palm oil, kernel banned

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to urge the Federal Government to ban the importation of palm oil/kernel, and inject funds to aid its local production. The senators also urged the private sector to partner state governments to embark on the transformation of palm oil production, and on creation of…

Bukola Saraki

“You don’t allow members of the National Assembly discuss anything,” Senator tackles Saraki

A senator, Kabir Marafa (Zamfara Central) on Tuesday accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of preventing members from expressing themselves at the Nigerian senate. The senator levelled this accusation on Tuesday after Mr. Saraki asked him to go straight to the point as he narrated an issue relating to security in…

Senator accuses Police of collusion with Attorney General Malami against him

A senator, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West), has accused the Nigerian police of colluding with the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to arraign him on charges of misinformation. The senator said this while reacting to reports that emanated over the weekend that the Federal government had taken him to…

Is’haq Oloyede

Former CJN, Sultan, Babalakin, others to grace book launch in honour of JAMB registrar, Oloyede

A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Salihu Belgore, and other eminent Nigerians will be at the launch of a book in honour of the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede. The book, which comprises 22 chapters and 579 pages, is entitled, “Dynamics of Revealed Knowledge…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Major stories from the senate this week

It was indeed another busy week for the lawmakers as they were engrossed with several activities at the National Assembly. The Nigerian Senate not only deliberated several motions but also witnessed its usual 'dramas' at the committee meetings. Below are the major stories from the Senate this week: Tuesday -…

Ahmad Lawan

APC Crisis: Tinubu committee long overdue – Senate Leader

The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), has said the setting up of the reconciliation committee for the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is headed by the party's national leader, Bola Tinubu, is long overdue. He made this statement at the Presidential Villa mosque on Friday while explaining that…

“Benue State and Ortom don’t belong to APC” – Senator

A senator and founder of Silverbird Group, Ben-Murray Bruce, has said that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State should not be in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The lawmaker, who is a member of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, took to his official twitter handle to condemn President Muhammadu…

Why democracy is not delivering freedom to Africans – Jega

A former Chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, has lamented that democracy has failed to deliver freedom to Africans. He also says African leaders have failed to understand that regular, free and fair elections are a key component of democracy.   Mr. Jega, who conducted the 2011…

PTCIJ set to launch budget tracking, fact-checking projects

The Premium Times Centre for Investigatrive Journalism, PTCIJ, has announced the upcoming launch of an online fact-checking platform, “DUBAWA” as well as an initiative focusing on Nigeria’s public procurement and budget implementation practice themed, “UDEME”. In separate press releases signed by the Program Officer, Joshua Olufemi, PTCIJ explained that, ''DUBAWA…

Bukola Saraki

Stop playing politics with tragedies, Saraki chides Nigerian leaders

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerian leaders as well as security agencies to quit playing politics and trading blames with the killings going on across the country. He made this call while speaking at the Summit on National Security in Abuja on Thursday, where he also said that…

Senate to invite IGP to discuss establishment of community policing

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to urge the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to invite the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to suggest ways and means of actualising community policing. The resolution followed deliberation on a motion on 'The need to post junior cadres of the Nigerian Police…

Senator Shehu Sani

Senator raises alarm over ‘ignored’ killings in Kaduna villages

A senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), has decried alleged killings by armed herdsmen and bandits going on in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He said this on Tuesday when he came under Order 43 to explain that the killings had been ignored by the relevant security…

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Buhari writes Senate, rejects three bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, declining presidential assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are the Police Procurement Fund establishment Bill 2017, the Chattered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria Bill 2017 and the Nigerian Council for Social Works Establishment Bill 2017.…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Major stories from the senate this week

It was quite a busy week for the lawmakers at the upper legislative chamber as each sitting witnessed a flurry of activities. In a bid to treat issues of national importance, the Senate not only deliberated on several motions but it also held other investigative hearings at the committee levels…