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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Musliu Smith

Buhari nominates former IGP Musliu Smith as chairman PSC

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to confirm former Inspector-General of Police, Musliu Smith, as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). He also sought the confirmation of Clara Ogunbiyi and former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lawal Bawa, as full-time commissioners of the PSC. Four other members of…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Insecurity: Senate considers special funding for security agencies

The Senate on Wednesday, resolved to consider setting up a special funding for security agencies in the country. The special funding will enable the agencies tackle the spate of killings, kidnapping as well as terrorism across the country. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki disclosed this after the Senate resumed from…

Military Chiefs

Insecurity: Senate in closed-door session with Nigeria military chiefs, SSS DG

The Senate is currently holding an executive session with the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director-General of State Security Service, Lawan Daura; and other service chiefs. The service chiefs are the heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy. Mr Olonisakin led the delegation into the upper…

Members of the National Intervention Group of Nigeria speaking at the event

Killings: Group demands resignation of Police IG

A human rights group, National Intervention Group of Nigeria, has called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for alleged loss of morality to continue in office given his inability to tackle killings across the country. The convener of the group, Segun Akinloye, made this call…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senator tackles Saraki for ‘dictatorship, lack of integrity in Senate’

A former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) has blamed the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for "the little or no integrity" that currently exists in the Senate. He said this while speaking on a programme on Channels Television where he said he regretted supporting him (Saraki) to emerge as…

Gov. Rochas Okorocha‏

Okorocha vows to remain in APC

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has dismissed as mischief purported plans by him to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, dismissed the reports, saying the governor is still in control of the…

Herdsmen

What Buhari meant on Libya’s role in herdsmen killings – Minister

The federal government has blamed the proliferation of arms into the country, through the trans-Saharan routes, on the crisis in Libya. The Defence Minister, Dan-Ali, said this on Thursday at a town hall meeting in Abuja on the farmers and herders’ clashes. He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s reference to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate to investigate Rivers court invasion

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to investigate the invasion of a High Court in Rivers state. Some suspected loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on May 11 stormed the Rivers State High Court in Port-Harcourt, killing at least two persons and destroying court property estimated in millions of naira, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The…

Soldiers at checkpoint

Kaduna Killings: Senate summons DSS, Military, Police for briefing

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday summoned the State Security Service, military as well as the police for a briefing next week over the killings last week in Kaduna State. Representatives of the security agencies are to give the lawmakers updates on the killings in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of…

NYSC Corps members

2018 Budget: NYSC members to get health insurance – Official

The 2018 budget has provided for corps members to be covered by health insurance. This will be implemented from the one percent of consolidated revenue fund to be dedicated to health, as stipulated by the National Health Act. The chairman of Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuoso (APC, Ogun Central),…

Thugs stealing the mace from the Senate

UPDATED: Mace Theft: National Assembly committee summons Omo-Agege, Ndume for alleged roles

The Senate and House of Representatives' joint ad-hoc committee investigating the April 18 Senate invasion has summoned two senators. Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) were summoned for allegedly aiding the invaders who stole the Senate mace. Some minutes into the Senate plenary on April 18, the…

Magnus Abe

Senator asks Buhari to intervene in Rivers APC Crisis

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Magnus Abe, on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the internal conflict rocking the party in Rivers State. The senator made this call at a news conference in Abuja where he explained that some members were forced to go to court…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Senate’s appeal won’t hinder my resumption – Omo-Agege

A suspended lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central), has declared that the appeal filed by the Senate against the Federal High Court’s judgment nullifying his suspension will not stop him from resuming his legislative duties. He made this declaration to Punch Newspaper where he said the Senate and its President,…

Nigerian Senate

Major events at Senate last week

It was yet another busy week at the Senate as lawmakers tackled issues mostly on national security. One key event, however, was the declaration of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as an enemy of democracy. Below are major events from the Senate last week: Tuesday - President Muhammadu Buhari…

Nigerian Senate

Impeachment Call: Senate silent as committee fails to meet deadline

Two weeks after a senator, Matthew Uroghide (PDP, Edo South), called for the commencement of impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate has refused to speak on the matter and the appropriate committee deliberating on the call is yet to present its report. ‎ Mr Uroghide, who is also…

Nigerian Senate

Senate committee to deliberate on Buhari’s request for promissory note programme

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to deliberate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request on bond issuance to civil servants as well as contractors. The president had in March written to the Senate seeking the establishment of a promissory note programme and a bond issuance to…

Saraki visits new EFCC headquarters, pledges support

Saraki visits new EFCC headquarters, pledges support

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday visited the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and said he will continue to support efforts to build and strengthen the nation's institutions. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Mr Saraki said…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate establishes committee to investigate mace theft

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday inaugurated a joint Senate and House of Representatives ad-hoc committee to investigate the April 18 invasion of the Senate chamber leading to the theft of its mace. Some minutes into the Senate plenary on April 18, the chamber was invaded by men who…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

National Assembly to pass Fiscal, Host Community Bill soon- Saraki

The Senate President has said the National Assembly will soon pass the Fiscal and Host Community Bill, a component of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). He made this statement when the leadership of the International Oil Companies and Oil Producers Trade Section (IOC/OPTS) visited him in Abuja. He also…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senator wants reversal of planned tariff hike on alcoholic beverages

The Senate on Tuesday moved to review the hike in excise tariff imposed on local distillers of beverages. In a motion titled, “Urgent need to review the proposed excise tariff increment in order to save local distillers of beverages from looming extinction”, sponsored by Benjamin Uwajumogu (APC, Imo North) and…

Nigerian Senate

Senate moves to curb rising cases of road accidents

The Senate on Tuesday lamented the rising cases of road accidents across the country and suggested ways the carnages could be curbed. A senator, Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) called for the prosecution of reckless drivers who cause road accidents. He made this call while contributing to a motion on the…

Shehu Sani

Senator blames politicians for proliferation of arms in Nigeria

A senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has accused Nigerian politicians of being behind the proliferation of illegal firearms around the nation and the violence. He said this while contributing to a motion on the proliferation of firearms in Nigeria, sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North). Mr Hunkuyi had…

Nigerian Senate

UPDATED: Senate summons service chiefs, DG-SSS, CG-Customs over illegal possession of firearms

The Senate has summoned all service chiefs; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura; the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali; and the National security adviser, Babagana Monguno over the illegal possession of firearms by non-authorised Nigerians. The invitation was sequel to deliberations on a motion titled…

Someone operating a mobile phone [Photo: IT News Africa]

Senate probes intrusive, unsolicited adverts by telecom companies

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday deliberated on the need to check intrusive and unsolicited adverts by telecom companies and service providers. This followed a motion moved by Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North). The Senate also resolved to urge the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that any person or entity…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Delta APC Violence: Omo-Agege says own supporters killed, maimed

Suspended lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege has issued a warning to those behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress attack in Delta State on Saturday. The Police Command in Delta confirmed that a chairmanship candidate, Jeremiah Oghoveta, died in the APC ward congresses in Ughelli South Local Government Area (LGA) of the…