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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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Senate committee to meet with Oshiomhole over Edo Assembly crisis

The Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the ongoing crisis at the Edo State House of Assembly has revealed it will meet with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. The chairman of the committee and Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, made this known to…

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Senate confirms nominee rejected in 2016, four others

The Senate has confirmed Aliyu Abubakar as a non-executive commissioner for the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). Mr Abubakar was one of the five nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari as announced by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the Senate’s floor penultimate Tuesday. He was first nominated for the same position…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Why Senate went into closed-door session before confirming CJN Tanko Muhammad – Official

The Acting Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye, has said the executive session the Senate had before screening and confirming Justice Tanko Muhammad had nothing to do with the confirmation exercise. Mr Muhammad was earlier confirmed by the Senate as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday requested Mr Muhammad’s…

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

Senate confirms Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Senate has confirmed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday requested Mr Muhammad's confirmation. His request was sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to make Justice Muhammad the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Muhammad was…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Assault: Ad-Hoc committee demands extension of time to present Elisha Abbo report

The Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the assault incident by Elisha Abbo, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, has demanded for extension of time to submit its report. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had set up the committee on July 3 to investigate the incident. The committee was given two weeks to…

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UPDATED: Senate returns to plenary for confirmation of Justice Tanko as CJN

The Senate has reversed its decision to go into a closed-door session for the confirmation of Muhammad Tanko as substantive chief judge. The Senate had resolved to gone into an executive session (a clossed-door session) to confirm Mr Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. The confirmation was included…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Lawan appoints spokesperson, other aides

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has appointed Ola Awoniyi to replace Festus Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. The appointment comes weeks after he reversed his appointment of Mr Adedayo for the position. He had appointed Mr Adedayo as his media aide but the decision was opposed…

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Senate to hold another security summit

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said the upper chamber would hold an "all-inclusive" national summit on security. This will come 14 months after it held a summit to review the security situation in the country. The summit was drafted to provide an all-inclusive platform for Nigerian leaders with a view…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Shiites protest, Elisha Abbo’s investigation, others top Senate’s activities last week

The Senate was, as usual, abuzz with many legislative activities last week. However, events like the appearance of a senator before a committee investigating the assault on a woman and the invasion of the National Assembly by Shiite protesters topped major activities of the Senate last week. Below are some…

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Senate wants Nigeria’s business community to explore benefits of AfCTA

The Senate on Thursday asked the federal government to enlighten the Nigerian business community on how to leverage on the immense benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) agreement. The AfCTA was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. The agreement was signed several months after Mr Buhari…

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Senate summons NCC leadership over high rate of dropped calls

The Senate on Thursday summoned the management of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) over the high rate of dropped calls and improper regulation of sim cards. It also urged the commission to direct network providers to expand network infrastructures and monitor compliance to reduce the rate of dropped calls experienced…

Shiites Protesters

Our stance on El-Zakzaki, Shiites – Senate

A member of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Betty Apiafi, said the demands of a Shiite group is beyond the National Assembly. She made this statement when some members of the committee briefed journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday. The delegation led by its chairman,…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Senate demands investigation into death of CIIN boss, other Nigerians killed in South Africa

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, called on the South African government to investigate the death of Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu and other Nigerian citizens who have died in suspicious circumstances in South Africa. The Senate also urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa.…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Senate to liaise with Reps over Edo Assembly Crisis

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has said the upper chamber would set up an ad-hoc committee to work with their House of Representatives counterparts set up to investigate the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly. He said this on Wednesday while responding to a point of order raised by Micheal…

Senator Elisha Abbo

VIDEO: Senator Abbo in shouting match with colleagues

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

Senator Elisha Abbo

UPDATED: Elisha Abbo appears before Senate committee for assaulting woman

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Assault: Elisha Abbo appears before Senate committee

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

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Nigerian lawmakers want death sentence for rape

Nigerian lawmakers are pushing for the death penalty for rape, weeks after allegations of sexual assault against senior religious clerics sparked nationwide uproar, amidst concerns over rising cases of sexual abuse. “We should review our laws and make it a death penalty and by the time we kill one or…

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Appointment of principal officers, Elisha Abbo’s investigation, others top Senate’s activities last week

The lawmakers of the upper chamber kicked off legislative activities on Tuesday, after a two-week break. The Senate, in the past week, was characterised by high attendance, early start of plenary and maximum participation by lawmakers present. Top of the legislative activities was the announcement of principal officers, the constitution…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate gives NHIS, HMOs three months to pay outstanding debts

The Senate has given the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) three months to direct Health Maintenance Organisation (HMOs) to settle all outstanding debt owed all health care providers in Nigeria. The directive was one of the two resolutions by the Senate on Thursday. They were adopted after the lawmakers deliberated…

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the Senate

Senate moves to increase budgetary allocation for primary health care

The Senate on Thursday called for an increase in the budgetary allocation for primary health care (PHC) services in Nigeria. The Senate also urged the Ministry of Health to create awareness on the benefits of health and life insurance. This call followed a motion on the need for increased funding…

NAFDAC

Senate asks NAFDAC to suspend use of Avastin injection in Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate has asked the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to “suspend forthwith” the use of Avastine injections in the country. The call was made after the lawmakers deliberated on a motion in a case of 10 patients who went blind after administration of…

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UPDATED: Senate ad-hoc committee investigating Elisha Abbo to ‘report back in two weeks’

The Senate's seven-member ad-hoc committee investigating the assault incident by Elisha Abbo, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, is expected to submit its findings in two weeks, Senate President Ahmed Lawan has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Abbo was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Senate sets up ad hoc committee to investigate Elisha Abbo

The Senate has set up a seven-member ad-hoc committee to investigate the assault incident by Elisha Abbo, a senator representing Adamawa North. Mr Abbo was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja. The decision of the Senate to set up the committee followed a…

President Muhammadu Buhari at the commissioning of the Abuja Airport International Terminal

Lawmakers say ‘VIPS’ part of security failures at Nigerian airports

Senators on Tuesday deliberated on security failures at Nigerian airports. This was sequel to a motion on the need to strengthen security at the Nigerian airports presented by Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central) and seven other senators. In his lead debate, the lawmaker cited the case of Zainab Aliyu, a…