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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Nigerian Senate

Impeachment Call: Senate silent as committee fails to meet deadline

Two weeks after a senator, Matthew Uroghide (PDP, Edo South), called for the commencement of impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate has refused to speak on the matter and the appropriate committee deliberating on the call is yet to present its report. ‎ Mr Uroghide, who is also…

Nigerian Senate

Senate committee to deliberate on Buhari’s request for promissory note programme

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to deliberate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request on bond issuance to civil servants as well as contractors. The president had in March written to the Senate seeking the establishment of a promissory note programme and a bond issuance to…

Saraki visits new EFCC headquarters, pledges support

Saraki visits new EFCC headquarters, pledges support

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday visited the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and said he will continue to support efforts to build and strengthen the nation's institutions. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Mr Saraki said…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate establishes committee to investigate mace theft

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday inaugurated a joint Senate and House of Representatives ad-hoc committee to investigate the April 18 invasion of the Senate chamber leading to the theft of its mace. Some minutes into the Senate plenary on April 18, the chamber was invaded by men who…

Bukola Saraki

National Assembly to pass Fiscal, Host Community Bill soon- Saraki

The Senate President has said the National Assembly will soon pass the Fiscal and Host Community Bill, a component of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). He made this statement when the leadership of the International Oil Companies and Oil Producers Trade Section (IOC/OPTS) visited him in Abuja. He also…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senator wants reversal of planned tariff hike on alcoholic beverages

The Senate on Tuesday moved to review the hike in excise tariff imposed on local distillers of beverages. In a motion titled, “Urgent need to review the proposed excise tariff increment in order to save local distillers of beverages from looming extinction”, sponsored by Benjamin Uwajumogu (APC, Imo North) and…

Nigerian Senate

Senate moves to curb rising cases of road accidents

The Senate on Tuesday lamented the rising cases of road accidents across the country and suggested ways the carnages could be curbed. A senator, Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) called for the prosecution of reckless drivers who cause road accidents. He made this call while contributing to a motion on the…

Senator Shehu Sani

Senator blames politicians for proliferation of arms in Nigeria

A senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has accused Nigerian politicians of being behind the proliferation of illegal firearms around the nation and the violence. He said this while contributing to a motion on the proliferation of firearms in Nigeria, sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North). Mr Hunkuyi had…

Nigerian Senate

UPDATED: Senate summons service chiefs, DG-SSS, CG-Customs over illegal possession of firearms

The Senate has summoned all service chiefs; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura; the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali; and the National security adviser, Babagana Monguno over the illegal possession of firearms by non-authorised Nigerians. The invitation was sequel to deliberations on a motion titled…

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Senate probes intrusive, unsolicited adverts by telecom companies

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday deliberated on the need to check intrusive and unsolicited adverts by telecom companies and service providers. This followed a motion moved by Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North). The Senate also resolved to urge the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that any person or entity…

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

Delta APC Violence: Omo-Agege says own supporters killed, maimed

Suspended lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege has issued a warning to those behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress attack in Delta State on Saturday. The Police Command in Delta confirmed that a chairmanship candidate, Jeremiah Oghoveta, died in the APC ward congresses in Ughelli South Local Government Area (LGA) of the…

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Senate questions Military Board over N44 billion pension funds

The Senate Thursday questioned the Military Pensions Board over N44 billion it allegedly expended without budgetary provisions between 2015 and 2017. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South), described the Service Wide Vote (SWV) under which the Military Pensions Board gets its allocation…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

Codeine Ban: Lawmakers, other Nigerians react

The ban on codeine by the federal government has sparked mixed reactions across the country. The federal government on May 1 ordered an immediate ban on the issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparation. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who…

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National Assembly to allocate 1% CRF to Primary Healthcare

The National Assembly will ensure that one per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) is set aside in the 2018 budget to boost the provision of basic primary healthcare services across the country, Senate President Bukola Saraki has said. He said this at the 58th Annual General & Scientific…

Bukola Saraki

Senate moves to establish National Assembly museum, archives

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, inaugurated an adhoc committee for the establishment and development of the National Assembly museum and archives on Wednesday. According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the inauguration took place in Abuja where he said the committee is to help in…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Senator confirms Dino Melaye escaped from police vehicle

A senator, Ben Murray-Bruce confirmed that the embattled senator, Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West, actually escaped police custody last week. Mr Melaye, reportedly jumped from a police vehicle because he was "repeatedly tear-gassed by police officers", Mr Bruce said. PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately get the police reaction to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate claims Melaye not major reason for Police IG summons

The Senate via its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, has said the summoning of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, by it is not because of the travails of one of its senators, Dino Melaye. He said this while briefing journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday. Mr Idris failed…

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Senator raises alarm over cross-boundary clashes in Abia, Cross River

A senator, Mao Ohabunwa (PDP, Abia North), has raised alarm over recent cross-boundary invasion of Isu community of Arochukwu Local Government Area in Abia State allegedly by Utuma community of Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State. In a motion he sponsored, Mr Ohabunwa called for the intervention of…

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Masked, heavily armed security officials flood National Assembly

The Nigerian National Assembly complex is flooded with fully masked and heavily armed security officers as the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, appears before the Senate on Wednesday. The security officers are of different agencies ranging from the Departmental State Service (DSS), Civil Defence, to Nigerian Police, among others. The…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 2018 Workers Day celebration at the Eagles Square

May Day: Nigerian govt not ignoring workers’ demands – VP Osinbajo

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerian workers that the Buhari-led administration is not ignoring their demands of better working conditions. He gave the assurance while speaking at the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Tuesday as he explained the implementation of the new…

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May Day: APC, PDP, others felicitate with Nigerian workers

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended its good wishes and greetings to all Nigerian workers on this year's May Day celebration. The APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, described Nigerian workers as key drivers of development despite the challenges they face. "Unarguably, the Nigerian workers…

President says INEC reserves right to order elections

Buhari has powers to spend $496 million from ECA without National Assembly approval – Aide

A presidential aide, Ita Enang, said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari has the power to spend $496 million for the purchase of aircraft without the approval of the National Assembly. Mr Enang made this statement on Monday while discussing ‘the implications of bypassing the National Assembly’ in an interview…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo’s movement criticises Buhari for ‘campaigning’ despite killings

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, led by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for 'campaigning' in different parts of the country despite the ongoing killings ravaging some states, particularly Benue. Mr Buhari has indicated his intention to seek reelection in 2019 after months of suspense. Many…

John Nwodo

PDP, Ekweremadu, IPOB react to explosion at Nwodo’s residence

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the Sunday attack on the country home of the Ohaneze Ndigbo National President, John Nwodo, in Ukehe, Enugu State. The police spokesperson in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, on Sunday confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES. He said there were no lives lost to…

Nigerian Senate

Major activities of the Senate last week

Following the mace theft saga, the Senate was more about less talk and more action last week. The lawmaker, obviously angered by the recent happenings in the country, tackled issues ranging from the killings in Benue State to the arrest as well as hospitalisation of one of their own, Dino…