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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Nigerian Senate

Senate committee announces recovery of N140 billion from defaulting firms

The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise, Tariffs and Marine Transport has requested for additional eight weeks to carry out its investigations on leakages in the sector adding that it had recovered over N140 billion in the course of assignment. It had earlier identified 32 “leakage channels” as the “major sources of…

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I am being persecuted for saying the truth – Senator Misau

The senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial zone, Isah Misau, on Tuesday said he is being persecuted by the authorities for revealing corrupt acts done by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris. He said while he is ready to appear in court to defend himself against allegations preferred against…

Odumegwu Ojukwu

Nigerian govt to commence pension payment of Biafran veterans

The Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, has disclosed plans to commence payment of pension benefits to soldiers, paramilitary officers and police officers dismissed as a result of their roles in the Nigerian civil war which lasted between 1967 and 1970. The agency said this on Wednesday via a press release…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Imo Assembly wants traditional ruler dismissed

The Imo State House of Assembly has demanded the removal of Basil Iguegbe, the monarch of Agbobu autonomous community in Okigwe local council of the state. The legislators also asked the community to present Odinaka Chidoka to the Okigwe council “for recognition and replacement of the dethroned.” This was disclosed…

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Wike distances self from vice presidential campaign posters

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has urged Nigerians to disregard posters displayed in parts of Abuja indicating his interest in the vice presidential position in 2019 race. The governor, who described the action as the handwork of mischief makers, said his attention was drawn to it recently. He…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Declare state of emergency in education sector, Senate urges Nigerian govt

The Nigerian Senate has urged the federal and state governments to declare a state of emergency in the education sector. The Senate made this call on Tuesday after deliberating on a motion tagged "the falling standard of education in Nigeria." The lawmakers noted that the prescribed standards for primary, secondary…

Nigerian Senate

Nigerian Senate seeks sanction against ban of unionism in work places

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a motion to sanction agencies, companies and institutions in Nigeria that prohibit their workers from organising labour unions. In the motion sponsored by Shehu Sani (APC- Kaduna Central) on "the need to sanction private companies and institutions that disallow workers' unionism in their companies",…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate summons Baru, NPDC over controversial contract

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, and Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, over the revocation and re-award of Oil Mining Licence (OML) 13 allegedly without due process. [caption id="attachment_212134" align="alignright" width="150"]…

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Abducted FRSC official regains freedom

An official of the Federal Road Safety Commission abducted by gunmen Thursday last week in Zamfara State has regained freedom. FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, announced that that the unidentified official who is a route commander of the agency in Birni Kudu, was released on Monday morning and handed over to…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki canvasses support against world’s ‘greatest enemy’

The president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on world leaders to join forces to eliminate terrorism, which he described as “the greatest enemy”. At during a bilateral meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani, at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in St. Petersburg,…

Charly Boy

Charly Boy group announces sit-outs to protest alleged corruption in Buhari’s government

A Nigerian musician and leader of an activist group,'Our Mumu Don Do', Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has said his group would commence a daily protest to force President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle corruption allegations levelled against top members of his government. Some top officials of the administration…

Shadia Bseiso

WWE signs first female Arab wrestler

The World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., WWE, on Sunday, announced the signing of its first female performer from the Arab world, Reuters reports. Shadia Bseiso, a native of Jordan, shared her dreams of encouraging more Arab women to take up sports. "Female athletes are finally getting the credit they deserve. The…

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu’s family speaks on ‘weapons found’ in home

The ​f​amily of the controversial separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu,​ ​has ​dismissed claims by the Abia Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, that police recovered lethal weapons when they raided the family's compound at Afara Ukwu together with the Army on October 8. Emmanuel Kanu​, the family's spokesperson, told journalists via telephone…

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Lagos to incorporate 6,000 spy police into traffic management

The Lagos State police command has disclosed that 6,000 spy police will be incorporated into traffic management in the state. The Lagos State commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, said this while addressing the spy police at the Police Training School, Ikeja, on Saturday where he also said that he wanted a…

Niger Delta Militants

World Bank comment: Group threatens renewed attack in Niger Delta

A group of militants in the Niger Delta has threatened to attack oil pipelines in the region, following comments by the World Bank president that President Muhammadu Buhari requested it to concentrate development in northern Nigeria. The militants, who call their groups the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC and the…

18 states to benefit from $500 million World Bank funds — Official

The Federal Government has listed 18 states that will benefit from the $500 million World Bank-financed project. The disclosure was made by the National Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP, Ularamu Ubandoma, at the unveiling of selected participants in the states in a meeting with the development partners in Abuja on…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili defends Buhari over controversial World Bank comment, flays spokesperson

A former vice president of the World Bank, Oby Ezekwesili, has intervened in the controversy surrounding the statement ascribed to President Muhammadu Buhari asking the World Bank to prioritise the Northern part of the country in its intervention.  She said Mr. Buhari’s statement was taken out of context as it…

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‎Why we terminated multi-million dollars contract with Atiku’s Intels – NPA

The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, on Friday gave reasons for terminating its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with Intels Nigeria Limited, a firm largely owned by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. The NPA made its stance in a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi…

President Buhari with Nigerian governors

Buhari’s ‘Northern Nigeria’ discussion with World Bank chief witnessed by three Southern governors – Shettima

The Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, said on Friday that he was at a 2015 meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim. According to Mr. Shettima, four other governors including three from Southern Nigeria were also at the meeting. In a statement by his…

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Movie produced to create cancer awareness debuts in Abuja

A movie, Purple Hearts, aimed at portraying the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, premiered in Abuja on Friday at the on-going 14th Abuja International Film Festival, AIFF. The director of the film, Andy Amenechi, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN that it was produced to create cancer…

Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan reacts to new corruption claims linked to late mother

Former first lady Patience Jonathan has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to let her late mother, Charity Oba, who has been linked to a property under investigation, rest in peace. She also denied claims by the EFCC that the N 2.1 billion Magel Resort Ltd property was…

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UPDATED: CAN official criticises churches inviting entertainers to boost attendance

An official of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has criticised the attitude of some churches, especially in Abuja, who invite secular celebrities and entertainment personalities to boost attendance at their programmes. The General Secretary of CAN, Musa Asake, condemned the new trend saying it would only distract people from…

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Senate moves to check abuse of codeine cough syrup, other drugs in Northern Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday called for an investigation of growing abuse of codeine cough syrup and other prospective drugs with a view to checking the menace said to be widespread among youth in the northern part of Nigeria.. Adopting a motion sponsored by Bashir Garbai (APC-Borno) and 37 other…

APC, Mark mourn ex-Army chief Victor Malu

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has mourned the death of former Chief of Army Staff, Victor Malu, who died on Monday. The party made this known in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi. President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier confirmed his death in a condolence message…

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Senator asks Buhari to quit as petroleum minister

A Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the position of a petroleum minister. Mr. Sani urged the president to appoint someone who is accountable to the position. The Senator made the call in a statement on Thursday. He said because of the demands…