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Nigerian Senate Chambers

10 major Senate activities this week

The Nigerian Senate buzzed with activities this week, ranging from the approval of the $5.5 million loan request by the President to the resumption of former majority leader, Ali Ndume. Below are the major events that took place in the Senate this week. Tuesday 1. The Senate approved a $5.5…

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Mediterranean Tragedy: Buhari sets up ministerial committee to investigate death of 26 Nigerian girls

The federal government has set up a ministerial committee to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of 26 teenage Nigerian migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean early November. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the girls were found on a Spanish ship and eventually buried in Italy by authorities there on Friday after an autopsy.…

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VIDEOS: 26 Nigerian girls found dead on Spanish warship buried

The bodies of the 26 Nigerian girls found dead on a Spanish warship early November, have been laid to rest. The burial took place in Salerno, South of Naples in Italy, on Friday with many sympathisers attending. Blue flowers were placed on the two coffins of the two women who…

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Osinbajo describes Buhari in five words

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo seized the opportunity of a book launch in Abuja on Thursday to give a character portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari. The book reviews the administration’s achievements during the last two years. Below are five highlights from his speech: 1. Buhari's frugality Mr. Osinbajo spoke about the President's economical nature…

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Mediterranean tragedy: How 26 Nigerian women died – Autopsy

Following investigations by Italian prosecutors to discover what led to the death of 26 Nigerian women found on a Spanish warship in early November, post-mortem examinations on the bodies confirmed ''they almost all drowned at sea,'' Italian news agencies reported Wednesday. According to the autopsy carried out in Salerno in…

Anambra Election: 10 major things to know

Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra is expected to be a close contest between four leading candidates. However, there are 37 candidates in the election including five women. Here are 10 major things to know about the coming election as well as previous elections in Anambra. The Centre for Democracy and…

Senator Ali Ndume

Don’t expect Senate to ‘clap for’ Ndume — Spokesperson

The Senate through its chairman, committee on media and public affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), has said while it welcomed the return of recently reinstated senator, Ali Ndume, it was not unduly excited. Mr. Sabi said this while briefing journalists at the National Assembly on Thursday. He said…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate begins work on 2018 budget Wednesday

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to begin work on the 2018 Appropriation Bill next Wednesday. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made the announcement on Thursday, during the plenary session. He asked lawmakers interested in participating in the debates scheduled to hold on Wednesday and Thursday to begin registration on Monday,…

Banky W undergoes third surgery for skin cancer

Nigerian singer, Bankole Wellington, widely known as Banky W, has successfully undergone a third surgery for skin cancer. The EME boss took to his Instagram page on Thursday to explain how he has battled with the disease for over 10 years. Mr. Wellington who waxed philosophical recounted his battle with…

Snake bite deaths: Senate probes supply of relevant drugs to treatment centres

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday asked its committee on Health to investigate the alleged failure of the Federal Ministry of Health to supply anti-snake venom to treatment centres and other health centres in the country. The Senate decision followed a motion tagged ‘Alarming increase in the rate of deaths of…

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Nigeria Police IG Idris appears before Senate probe committee

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday finally appeared before a Senate committee probing corruption allegations against him. Mr. Idris, who had initially refused to appear before the committee announced, after a meeting with President Muhamamdu Buhari last week, that he had changed his mind. On Wednesday, he…

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Funeral prayer for Danjuma Goje’s wife, Yelwa, holds Thursday

The body of Yelwa Goje, the late wife of the former governor of Gombe State Danjuma Goje, is set to arrive the country from the United States where she died penultimate Monday. The family, in a statement by Ahmad Goje, said the corpse has left the United States of America…

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2018 Budget: Create more jobs, Saraki tells Buhari

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to orientate the 2018 budget towards creating jobs for Nigerians. He made this call as he welcomed the president to the National Assembly for the presentation of his proposals for the budget. According to Mr. Saraki, designing the budget…

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Paradise Papers: Amnesty International calls for sanctions by world governments

Amnesty International has called on governments at all levels to take urgent steps to crack down on tax evasion and attendant corrupt actions by wealthy individuals, government officials and companies. This call is coming barely 24 hours after Paradise Papers released details from a leak of 13.4 million files that…

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26 dead Nigerian women found in Spanish warship

Italian prosecutors have commenced investigations into the deaths of 26 Nigerian women whose bodies were recovered at sea, BBC reported on Monday. The victims, who are mostly teenagers, aged 14-18, are believed to have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. Following several rescues, their…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Why Kaduna needs $350 million World Bank loan – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said the state needs a $350 million loan from the World Bank to achieve its governance objectives in the "short to medium term." Speaking in his monthly media chat on October 29,  the governor  said the Bank agreed to provide the facility after checking the…

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Danjuma Goje’s wife Yelwa is dead

A former governor of Gombe State who now represents Gombe Central in the Senate, Danjuma Goje, has lost his wife, Yelwa. The family made this announcement in a statement signed by Mr. Goje’s son, Ahmed Mohammed, stating that she died in a hospital in the United States of America, aged…

Port Harcourt International Airport

Lawmakers express disgust over state of Nigerian airports

The members of the National Assembly's joint committee on aviation on Thursday expressed worry over the deplorable state of some airports in Nigeria, particularly the Enugu and Port Harcourt International airports. Muhammad Adamu, APC-Kebbi Central, explained how unhappy he was after a tour of the facility of the Port Harcourt…

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Reps reject move to set up seaport in Edo

The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a motion to establish Gele-Gele Seaport and concession its management to Edo State Government including declaring it an export and import free trade zone. The motion which was titled, 'Need for the Federal Government to Concession Gele-Gele Seaport to Edo State Government and…

PDP Convention: David Mark warns against impunity

Former Senate President David Mark has warned the Peoples Democratic Party against impunity and imposition of candidates ahead of the December 9 national convention to elect the party's leadership. Mr. Mark gave the warning when he hosted one of the aspirants to the office of national chairman of the party,…

Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 million to Nigeria

On the day the anti-graft agency, EFCC, expressed its frustrations in locating two ex-Nigerian ministers on trial for their alleged roles in the Malabu scandal, the federal government announced that UK authorities returned $85 million (about N30 billion) to Nigeria. The money, frozen at the request of Italian authorities, is…

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Declare state of emergency on roads, Reps tell federal govt

The House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on federal roads in Nigeria.  They said most of the roads are dilapidated and government should initiate measures to rehabilitate them. The call followed a motion on the "Need to Declare a State if Emergency on…

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Senator accuses Police IG of illegally donating two SUVs to Aisha Buhari

The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau, on Wednesday opened another can of worms when he accused the Inspector General of Police, IGP Idris Ibrahim of donating two Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari under yet unclear but alleged illegal circumstances. The senator, who…

Saraki, Dogara commend Buhari for signing NEDC law

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his House of Representatives counterpart, Yakubu Dogara, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the North East Development Commission, NEDC Bill. They, in separate statements, commended the president saying his action will help revive the North-east. Mr. Saraki, in a statement signed…

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Maina: One scandal too many for Buhari – Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has described the reinstatement of fugitive civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the civil service as one scandal too many and the 'most lethal blow' to the current administration’s fight against corruption. Ms. Ezekwesili took…