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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Bukola Saraki

Offa Robbery: Police investigators question Saraki at his office- Aide

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was on Thursday, questioned by a team of police investigators at his office, his spokesperson said. Mr Saraki had indicated that he would not report to the police as directed in a letter by the Inspector-General, Ibrahim Idris. He said this in his response to…

A presidential aide, Ita Enang,

APC defectors angry at governors not Buhari — Ita Enang

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, has said lawmakers who defected from the All Progressives Party (APC) on Tuesday were angry at some governors and party leaders and not Mr Buhari. He said the lawmakers said their grievances and consequent actions…

Bukola Saraki and IGP

Offa Robbery: Saraki to IGP Idris: Send your personnel to question me

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated that he would not report to the police as directed in a letter by the Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris. Mr Saraki gave the indication in a response to the police chief dated July 24. PREMIUM TIMES reported the summons by the police for…

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Defections: Pro-Saraki senators attack Abdullahi Adamu 

Two senators, Abdullahi Danbaba (PDP, Sokoto) and Isa Misau (PDP, Bauchi) have described their colleague, Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa) as an agent of instability and division in the upper chamber. In a joint statement, the duo alleged that Mr Adamu at the beginning of the 8th Senate begged to be made…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. [Photo credit: Newmail-ng.com]

Senator asks Saraki, Dogara to resign from APC

A senator has called for the resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, on Wednesday asked the duo to resign from the party following the mass defection of some…

House of Reps member dumps PDP

A member of the House of Representatives, Tony Nwulu, has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the United Progressives Party (UPP). Mr Nwulu who represents Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency of Lagos State, made the announcement while addressing journalists after plenary on Tuesday. Earlier, 15 senators and 37…

State police bill scales second reading at Reps

A bill seeking an amendment to the Nigerian Constitution to accommodate state and community policing was read for the second time at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill, titled, “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018”, was sponsored by the leader of the House of…

Nigerian Senate

Senators condemn siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu’s residences

Senators at the upper chamber took turns to condemn the heavy presence of security agencies at the Abuja residences of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. Personnel from different security agencies reportedly laid siege on the homes of the duo in the early hours of today. The…

Ahmad Lawan

How Senate Leader failed to stop mass defection from APC

There was mild drama in the Senate on Tuesday as the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, tried to stop the mass defection of some lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). PREMIUM TIMES reported how 15 senators left the ruling party, Majority announced they were joining the main opposition party,…

Bukola Saraki

Nigerians react to Saraki’s police invitation

Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the invitation extended to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the police. While many see the police's summon as a ploy to stop Mr Saraki from leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); others, however, want him to honour the invitation as a citizen…

Rafiu Ibrahim

Why Omo-Agege, Abdullahi Adamu criticise Saraki- Senator

A senator, Rafiu Ibrahim, has accused two senators, Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa) and Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) of attacking Senate President Bukola Saraki because they believe this will allow them escape justice from alleged crimes. He stated that every opportunity that the duo have to speak with the press,…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki denies being offered oil block, nomination tickets

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has debunked speculations about juicy offers being made to him and his associates as part of the on-going discussions with the presidency and leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He stated that he saw some reports talking about promise of money or oil block…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Top stories from Senate this week

Despite the political tension in the country, the Senate, this week carried out it's legislative duties as usual. As the lawmakers prepare to embark on their annual recess, they tackled issues ranging from consideration to confirmation of some of President Muhammadu Buhari's nominees. Below are some of the major stories…

Nigerian professor, Pius Adesanmi, involved in road accident. [Photo credit: Pius Adesanmi]

Nigerian professor, Pius Adesanmi, involved in road accident

A Nigerian Professor of English, Pius Adesanmi, was involved in an accident along Oyo-Ogbomosho road on Wednesday. Mr Adesanmi, a PREMIUM TIMES' columnist, narrated his ordeal to this newspaper in a telephone interview. He lamented how no help came for him and other victims of the accident for almost two…

Nigerian oil company, Oando. [Photo credit: Guardian Newspaper]

Senate approves N348b subsidy payment to 74 oil marketers

The Senate has approved the payment of N348 billion as outstanding subsidy claims to 74 petroleum marketers. Some of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) are, Oando, Total, Honey Well, Capital Oil, Conoil, A.A. Rano, Folawiyo and Eternal oil. Others are, Aiteo, Forte Oil, Bovas, Mobil, MRS Oil and Gas among…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate to probe $10 billion ‘fraud’ in Nigeria’s oil and gas lease renewal

The Senate has resolved to investigate the ongoing oil and gas lease renewal after a committee of the upper chamber reported alleged illegal rebates and discounts were denying government revenue in excess of N10 billion. It mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream to investigate all issues relating to the…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari

Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of AMCON, FCSC chairpersons, members

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Muiz Banire as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Bello Tukur as Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). He also nominated 12 other commissioners into the FCSC. The commissioners are Moses Musa, Waziri Umaru, Ahmed Bello Mahmud, Ahmed Sama,…

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) receives President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and The Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at the State house in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 7 2018.

Buhari rejects four bills passed by National Assembly; gives reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected four bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (NCPEA) Bill, 2018; Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Amendment Bill, 2018; and the Courts and Tribunal Standard Scale of Fines Bill, 2018. Mr…

Abuja metro train

How Abuja rail line launched by President Buhari works

President Muhammadu Buhari on July 12 commissioned a new light rail for Abuja. The inaugurated project, he said, is the first phase of the rail line which will cover 12 other stations within the federal capital territory. Mr Buhari said the project was in line with the Change Agenda of…

Shehu Sani [Source: Deltabreed]

I’m yet to dump APC – Shehu Sani

A senator, Shehu Sani, has said he is yet to decamp from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to any other party. He made this known on Friday in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES as well his Facebook and Twitter pages. "I’m yet to defect or decamp or…

A photograph showing Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose on the ground after he was attacked with tear gas and beaten by security operatives

Ekiti Poll: PDP senators want alleged police attack on Fayose probed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the Senate has called for a thorough investigation into the alleged brutality of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, by police. The PDP senators made the decision after a brief meeting, immediately after plenary on Thursday. Armed police officers numbering over 50 cordoned off…

Sokoto state on map

Senator raises alarm over Sokoto killings

A senator, Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central), has raised alarm over recent killings in Sokoto State. He had presented a motion on the “gruesome killing of 40 people in the state by armed bandits” which was co-sponsored by Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North). Mr Aliero expressed sadness over the “gruesome…

Nigerian Senate

Senate introduces state police bill

A bill seeking an amendment to the Nigerian Constitution to accommodate state and community policing was on Thursday introduced at the Senate. The bill, titled, "Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018", was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and 75 other senators. It was…

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (Photo Credit: Logistics News, MOOV)

Senate to investigate Enugu airport runway contracts

The Nigerian Senate has directed its committee on Aviation to carry out a holistic investigation into the contracts awarded for the design and reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. The resolution was reached after deliberation on a motion sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North),…

Secondus leads PDP protest to National Assembly over alleged brutality

Ekiti Election: Secondus leads PDP protest to National Assembly over alleged brutality

Members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday stormed the main entrance of the National Assembly to protest the alleged brutality of the police on the party's supporters in Ekiti State. The group, led by the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said they were there to submit a petition…