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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Abubakar Malami

No illegality in Maina’s recall, AGF Malami insists

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that there is no "element of corruption" in the reinstatement of the chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina into the federal civil service. He disclosed that he told President Muhammadu…

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Senate directs NNPC to clear fuel queues within seven days

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday gave a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), to clear the lingering queues at the filling stations by ensuring enough supply of petrol nationwide. This was explained by the Chairman of the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream),…

Buhari in Berlin

Nigerians react to Obasanjo’s attack on Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. In a 13-page special press statement entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, he said Mr. Buhari had performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the…

Danjuma Laah

We have land for universities not cattle colonies – Kaduna Senator

A lawmaker, Danjuma Laah (PDP, Kaduna South) has rejected the Federal Government's intention of creating cattle colonies in his senatorial district. In a statement he signed, the senator urged the federal government to demand land to build universities and other institutions instead of creating cattle colonies, adding that Kaduna state…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate ignores Court order, begins screening of CCB Board appointees

The Nigerian Senate has commenced screening of the 10 members of the Code of Conduct Bureau, appointed by the then acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, despite a court order. The order had tasked relevant authorities to put all screening on hold until a final verdict is given on February 8, 2018. A source…

Shehu Sani

PDP ready to receive Shehu Sani — Senator

A senator and founder of Silverbird Group, Ben-Murray Bruce, says the Peoples Democratic Party is willing to accept Shehu Sani if the ruling All Progressives Congress no longer wants the senator The lawmaker, who is a member of the PDP, took to his official twitter handle to laud Mr. Sani's…

Ghali Na'Abba

APC chieftain, Ghali Na’Abba, vows he won’t support Buhari’s second term bid

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has vowed not to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to be reelected in 2019. Mr. Na'Abba made this vow during an interview with a TV presenter, Osasu Igbinedion, where he also revealed that Mr. Buhari had in…

Nigerian Senate

Presidency, other federal agencies yet to submit audited accounts – Senate

A senator has expressed disappointment at how the Presidency and many agencies have repeatedly failed to submit their audited accounts for vetting by the Auditor-General as required by law. The chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo) expressed his dismay while speaking to journalists at the National…

Bukola Saraki

How PIGB will end fuel scarcity, ensure oil industry transparency – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB, by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, following the Senate’s passage of the bill last May, represents a historic milestone in Nigeria. He made this statement while speaking in a video message posted…

Victor Umeh takes oath of office, calls for implementation of Confab report

A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, on Thursday took oath of office as senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District. The oath of office was administered on him by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in Abuja. The senatorial district had been without…

Buhari in Berlin

Buhari writes Senate, seeks to extend implementation of FCT Act

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking to extend the implementation of the FCT Appropriation Act to March 31, 2018. In a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, Mr. Buhari said that if not extended, the operations of the bill will be hampered. The…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Benue Killings: Reps urge NEMA to supply relief materials to IDP camps

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to provide relief materials to the IDP camps in Awe, Azara, Keana and Rukubi in all Awe/Domain/Keana federal constituency of Nasarawa state. It said such items should include food, blankets, medical facilities, mattresses and potable water. This…

Herdsmen

Buhari can end killings by herdsmen if he wants to – SERAP

A group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has criticised the slow pace at which President Muhammadu Buhari is responding to the recent spate of killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country. The group said Mr. Buhari’s refusal to 'talk to Nigerians directly' is…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Killings: Declare state of emergency on security, Reps tell Buhari

The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on security in the wake of deadly attacks in Benue and other states. In a motion by Babatunde Kolawole (Ekiti - PDP) and Benue state caucus of the House led by the member…

Bukola Saraki

Fuel scarcity is man-made – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, says the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country is man-made and that those responsible must pay the price for visiting needless hardship on Nigerians. He made the statement on Tuesday while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary from their three weeks break. "I am…

Bukola Saraki

Armed Forces Remembrance: Saraki lauds fallen heroes

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Federal Government as well as military authorities to make the welfare of both serving and retired military personnel top priority. He said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, after laying a wreath at…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari-middle-flanked-by-the-Kaduna-State-Governor-Nasir-El-Rufai-left-and-Kogi-State-Governor-Yahaya-Bello-right. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

2019: APC senator criticises party’s governors asking Buhari to seek re-election

A lawmaker, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has criticised seven governors from his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for president in 2019 despite the killings going on in several parts of the country. The APC governors, Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje…

Nigerian who placed marriage advert on Facebook marries ‘applicant’

A Nigerian man, Chidimma Amedu, has married a woman who responded six days earlier to his unusual online post calling for marriage applicants, BBC has reported. The couple married four days after they met physically for the first time. Mr. Amedu took to his Facebook page on December 30, 2017…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Benue killers could be Boko Haram, Libyan rebels – Senator

A lawmaker has said that suspected herdsmen responsible for the attacks in Benue state and other parts of the country could be defeated Boko Haram insurgents or displaced Libyan soldiers. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), said this while speaking with journalists…

Ike Ekweremadu

Benue killings: Ekweremadu commiserates with Benue residents

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has joined the government and people of Benue State to mourn the victims of the recent suspected herdsmen attacks as they were given a mass burial earlier on Thursday in Makurdi, the state capital. Residents of Makurdi came out in hundreds to mourn as…

FRSC

FRSC not recruiting — Official

The Federal Road Safety Corps says it is not conducting a recruitment exercise. In a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC said it is not responsible for any online job advertisements. "The Corps` attention has been drawn to a number of online sites currently…

Nigerians ask Buhari to sign Peace Corps bill

Majority of Nigerians who partook in a PREMIUM TIMES opinion poll have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Peace Corps bill. The bill, which is intended to make the Peace Corps a paramilitary agency, suffered many setbacks before it was passed at the National Assembly and presented to…

Why I’m the authentic IPMAN president- Factional leader

An official of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chinedu Okoronkwo, has justified his claim as the union's authentic national president. He said this while speaking with journalists in Abuja, where he stated that, ''a well-conducted election'' by the association on May 10, 2014, affirmed him as national…

Group demands justice for detained blogger, Kemi Olunloyo

A civil advocacy group, OurMumuDonDO Movement, has demanded justice for social media enthusiast and daughter of former governor of old Oyo State, Kemi Olunloyo. It made this demand in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Adebayo Raphael, while expressing disapproval on the prolonged incarceration of Ms. Olunloyo at…

4,500 trucks of petrol diverted ‎during scarcity — Baru

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, has disclosed that up to 4,500 trucks of petrol were diverted last month during the fuel scarcity. Mr. Baru made this disclosure while speaking before a meeting of the joint committee of the Senate and House of…