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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Foster Ogola

NASS website retains senator’s profile despite report of certificate scandal

The profile of Nigerian senator, Foster Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa West) on the National Assembly’s official website has remained unchanged despite revelations of his fake certificate. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr Ogola claims to have obtained a Ph.D in Christian Leadership from GMF Christian University, Lagos in 2012, a university…

Nigerian Senate

In summoning Buhari, Senators tackle executive, military over Benue killings

The Senate on Thursday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session with the House of Representatives over killings in Benue State. Mr Buhari is to brief the lawmakers on the recent upsurge of violence in the north-central state and others across the country. The summon followed deliberation…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

UPDATED: Benue Killings: Senate backs Reps, summons Buhari  

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session with the House of Representatives, for questioning over killings in Benue state. Mr Buhari is to brief the lawmakers on the recent upsurge of violence in Benue and other states across the country. The summon followed…

Senator Dino Melaye arrived at Zankli Hospital Abuja in a stretcher

‘I may be killed’, says APC senator blaming Buhari govt for Melaye’s ordeal

Some senators of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), have blamed the present administration as well as President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent incidents involving a fellow lawmaker, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West). The senators are Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) and Muhammed Shittu (APC, Jigawa North East). The lawmakers…

Adichie speaking at the forum

Hilary Clinton’s bio controversy: Chimamanda Adichie replies critics

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, has replied those criticising her for her recent comment about Hilary Clinton's twitter bio. She stirred controversy when she said she was upset by Mrs Clinton’s usage of `wife’ on her twitter bio at a PEN World Voices Festival lecture. Some Nigerians who reacted to the…

National Assembly

Mace Theft: National Assembly tightens security

The Nigerian National Assembly has tightened security in its premises following last Wednesday's invasion of the Senate by unknown persons who took away its mace. This was evident from the numerous security checks and questioning from different security officers from the main entrance of the National Assembly to the main…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu visited Sergeant-At-Arms, Sarah Davou

Saraki visits female Sergeant-At-Arms injured during Senate invasion

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday visited a female Sergeant-At-Arms, Sandra Davou, who was wounded on Wednesday when thugs invaded the Senate and stole its mace. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Mrs Davou who lives in Bwari Area Council in the…

Nigerian Senate

Senate working to grow digital financial technology in Nigeria – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that the Senate is working to ensure the growth of digital Financial Technology (FinTech) popularly known as digital financing in Nigeria. According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, he gave the assurance while speaking before the…

Stella Oduah

Senator wants Federal University of Aquatic Studies in Anambra

A senator, Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) on Thursday, made a move to secure a new federal university of aquatic studies in Ogbaru, Anambra State. This is the second bill presented by the lawmaker, seeking the establishment of a federal university in the state. The bill, if passed, is expected…

Atiku Abubakar

Buhari’s Statement On Nigerian Youth: Atiku, Murray-Bruce, other Nigerians react

A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar; a federal lawmaker, Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East); and former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari's recent statement on Nigerian youth. The politicians took to their official twitter pages to condemn Mr Buhari's statement, describing it as a…

IDPs

Zamfara Killings: Senate calls for distribution of grains to IDPs

The Senate on Wednesday urged the federal government to approve the distribution of grains to internally displaced persons in Zamfara State. The Senate lamented the high level of hunger in IDP camps particularly in the North-eastern and North-central parts of the country. It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency…

Nigerian Senate

Election Sequence: Senators disagree on proposed bill

Senators on Wednesday expressed divergent views on the provisions of the Electoral Act Bill as it relates to sequence of elections. The senators took turns to speak on the reintroduced bill which was sponsored by Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi North). In the new bill, the proposed election sequence seeks to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate gives police, SSS 24 hours to recover stolen mace

The Senate has asked the Inspector-General of Police and the State Security Service (SSS) to recover its mace, forcefully removed at the chambers by hoodlums on Wednesday. The call followed a resolution by the lawmakers at the end of a closed-door session held immediately after the removal of the mace,…

Thugs stealing the mace from the Senate

UPDATED: Senate resumes plenary with replacement mace

The Senate has resumed plenary about an hour after thugs stole its symbol of authority, the mace. The lawmakers appear to have secured a replacement mace which is being used for the plenary. The thugs, who stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday morning, are believed to have been led by…

Police cracking down on Shiites protesters in Abuja today

Amnesty International condemns clampdown on Shiite protesters

A human rights organization, Amnesty International, has condemned the reaction of the Nigerian police to the Shiites protests on Monday and Tuesday in Abuja. In a statement signed by Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria, the organisation said the crackdown on unarmed protesters put lives at risk. The protesters took…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Killings: Senators urge Nigerian govt to seek international help

Nigerian senators have urged the federal government to seek international help to end killings in several parts of the country. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West), made this call while contributing to a point of order raised by Suleiman Adokwe (PDP, Nasarawa South) concerning the…

Nigerian Senate

Senate confirms Buhari’s nominees to head NHRC, NERC

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Anthony Ojukwu as the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The confirmation was made after the Senate considered a report from the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, David Umaru (APC, Niger East). President Muhammadu Buhari had in…

Nigerian Senate

Senate transmits ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’, 11 others to Buhari for assent

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to transmit the Age Reduction Bill (Not Too Young to Run Bill) and 11 others, to President Muhammadu Buhari,for assent. The resolution was sequel to a motion titled, "Passage of Constitution (fourth) alteration bills, 2018", sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerwmadu and 49…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate summons Emiefele, Adeosun, Dan-Ali over alleged illegal withdrawal of $462 million

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emiefele; the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali to give reasons for withdrawing $462 million from the Federation Account without the approval of the Senate. The summon followed a…

Police Attack IMN

Shiites Abuja Protest: One feared killed, dozens injured, many arrested

At least one person was killed and over 30 injured as protesting Shiites were dispersed by security operatives in Abuja on Monday, the Islamic group has stated. The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told PREMIUM TIMES the victim was yet to be identified as “the protesters came from various towns.” Mr…

Unity Fountain [Photo Credit: alJazeera]

Police forcefully disperse Abuja protesters

The police have forcefully dispersed protesters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Eyewitnesses said they ran for safety as the police fired teargas to disperse the protesters at the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp hotel. The protesters are believed to be Shiites demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has…

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Jonathan’s former aide updates his ‘looters list’

A former presidential aide, Rene Omokri, on Sunday, released what he called "RealLootersList", describing it as the list that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, "should have released". The list released on Sunday follows a previous one the ex-Jonathan aide released about a fortnight…

Enugu PDP holds peace rally

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday, hailed the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, saying he brought permanent peace to the state, as well as among the opposing parties in the state. According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, the lawmaker said this…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Major activities at the senate last week

Following the one week Easter holiday, the Senate resumed on Tuesday. The Senate was agog with several activities ranging from deliberations on issues of national interest to suspension of one of the lawmakers. Below are major activities at the Senate this week: Tuesday: - The Senate President, Bukola Saraki mandated…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Hidden Assets: Ohaneze vows to defend Ekweremadu

Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, said it would resist any attempt to discredit Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu. Mr. Ekweremadu faces the prospects of losing some of his assets following legal moves by the federal government. The government accuses him of owning local and foreign assets he…