Magu Mocks Senate

By Akinwale Kasali The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has sarcastically mocked the Senate, saying that he is happy that the Senate didnt confirm his appointment as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency. Magu added that if he had been confirmed by the Senate he would perhaps not have been able to discharge his duties appropriately as he is doing presently. Magu made this statement at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he was testifying in a libel suit he filed against The…

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Senate In Rowdy Session, refuses to Endorse EFCC Nominees

By Uche Mbah Senate today went into a rowdy session as they considered the names that were submitted by the presidency for confirmation of their appointments into the anti graft agency. The uproar was hinged on the flagrant disregard for federal character in the nominations. The nominees are Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Najib and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu. The letter from the presidency has been with the senate since 2016, but it only came up today for hearing and debate in the upper legislative chamber. It was then refered to…

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$3.5Bn NNPC Subsidy Under Investigation

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate has set up an AD-HOC committee to investigate the $3.5bn NNPC subsidy money, and to ascertain what the money was used for. This disclosure was made in a tweet on the verified Twitter handle of The Nigerian Senate, @NGRSenate. “Senator Bassey Akpan cited Orders 43 and 95 and drew the attention of the Senate to the various emails and complaints from the general public on the unauthorised withdrawal of $3.5bn by NNPC from the NLNG account,” the Senate added. “I ask that the Senate Committee…

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Court Orders Saraki To Pay Omo-Agege’s Entitlement

The Federal High Court on Thursday warned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the Delta-Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgment of the court which ordered him (Omo-Agege) to be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension. The hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for Thursday, but the alleged contemnor and his lawyers…

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2019 Polls Budget: NASS Reject N189.2bn, Upholds N143bn

Reports reaching the magazine from the National Assembly after the closed door meeting by the NASS Committee on 2019 elections reveals that the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on Electoral Matters have adopted N143bn as the workable budget for the 2019 polls. The committee members, just rising from a meeting at the National Assembly, rejected the earlier version of N189.2bn, a combination of the N143bn and another N45.6bn proposed to be vired from the 2019 budget. The lawmakers said they would stick to only N143bn. Reports Later….

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Saraki Blows Hot

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate President, Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, has condemned the siege laid by the security operatives of the Department of State Services on the National Assembly, saying it’s “an assault on democracy.” Addressing a world press conference few hours ago, Saraki alongside principal officers of the 8th senate said that it is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to…

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Why APC Offered Ekweremadu, Akpabio Senate Presidency, Vice Presidential Slot

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The source has been informed of how the All Progressives Congress, APC and a cabal around President Muhammadu Buhari dangled irresistible offers before the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpbabio to ditch the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. However, while Ekweremadu out rightly rejected the offers, Akpabio, with eyes on a higher political realm, asked for time to think. Rattled by the defections of 14 of its Senators and 34 House of Reps members to the PDP, the APC national leadership…

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Otedola Tanker Fire: Senate Probes NNPC, FRSC

The Senate has called on the Nigeria Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps to investigate the circumstances surrounding the explosion of a tanker laden with premium motor spirit (petrol) in Lagos last Thursday. The Senate also plans to meet with the FRSC and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to seek amendment of extant laws needed to check accidents involving articulated vehicles. This was based on a motion at the plenary on Wednesday by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos-East), in conjunction with senators Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos-Central) and Solomon Adeola (Lagos-West). A…

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Melaye Storms Senate In Style

By Akinwale Kasali After several weeks of absence at the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, attended plenary on Wednesday in a cervical collar and with a walking stick. This was the first time the embattled lawmaker will attend the plenary after over one month of absence. The reason for Melaye’s absence in the senate is not far-fetched, as he had been involved in struggles with men of the Nigeria Police before his arraignment before Abuja and Kogi State courts over alleged gun-running, attempted suicide among…

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Again, IG Idris Shuns Senate

For the second time in nine days, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has once again failed to show up at the Senate as ordered by the senate. Idris was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Joshak Habila, for his appearance before the Senate on the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye last week. A security source had informed the magazine that the IG had arrived at the National Assembly ‎Complex while the Senate had begun a closed-door session. It was however reliably gathered that the IG is…

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