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May 25, 2018

Why I Snubbed the Senate – Police IG

  Arresting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for failing to appear before the Senate is not something the lawmakers may want to consider. But the IGP still has no plans to do as he was told by the National Assembly. He has snubbed the Senate three times and ignored their request to come before it to answer questions relating to the incessant killings across the country and the inhuman treatment meted to Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district The Senate has called the Idris an enemy of democracy and he has accused them of trying…

Senator exposes remunerations of colleagues

  Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly has revealed Nigerian senators best kept secret: their pay packet. In a major interview with The News magazine, Sani said he and his colleagues received N13.5 million monthly as running cost. The revelation by the Senator was the first time a member of the National Assembly will confirm speculations that Nigerian senators are earning N41.5 million quarterly as a running cost. The Kaduna Senator said the earned running cost was in addition to the over N700,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each member of the Senate….

Archbishop advocates full autonomy for Local Governments

The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso has advocated full autonomy for Local Governments in the country noting that this will enhance development at grassroots level and ensure proper accountability of funds allocated for grassroots governance in the country. Archbishop Ndagoso made this call during a recent chat with pressmen in Kaduna.   According to the Archbishop, the present arrangement by which local government councils chairmen are under the control of state governors and the allocations for council channeled through the state governments has not been beneficial to the council areas in terms of development. He noted that,…

There will be war in Nigeria if Senate legalizes Shari’a law – Cleric

President of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Rev. Dachollom Datiri, has warned the National Assembly against passing into law, a bill to legalise Shari’a. According to him, such moves may ignite religious war in the country. Rev. Datiri stated this Wednesday when he addressed clergymen at the 19st General Church Council meeting at the Church’s Headquarters, in Jos, capital of Plateau State. He said the National Assembly should have a rethink on the bill for Shari’a Law which has passed Second Reading. He added that the inclusion of such law into the 1999 Constitution, as amended will lead to…

Rivers rerun elections: Senate threatens to go on strike

The Senate Wednesday Nov 2, 2016  issued the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) till December 10, 2016 to conduct the pending National Assembly rerun elections in Rivers State. Failure to adhere to the ultimatum, the Senate threatened to suspend plenary. It stressed that the non-representation of the state in the National Assembly was unconstitutional and condemnable. The Upper Chamber adopted the resolution following a motion sponsored by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerenmadu and co-sponsored by the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume. Presenting his lead debate, Ekweremmadu bemoaned that despite the resolution of the Senate…

Corruption: FG launches major war against Senators, Reps …begins probe of N200bn constituency projects

The Federal Government has started compiling the list of legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly over constituency projects earmarked for them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets, which were not executed. The sum of N100bn was earmarked for constituency projects in each of the 2014 and 2015 budgets. The worth of constituency projects totalled N200bn for the two years. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), told one of our correspondents on Sunday that the compilation was being done by the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent…

21 Senators currently receiving pensions from government

…As ex-governors and deputy governors (This is not a discussion on any political party) The current senators who once served as governors are Bukola Saraki of Kwara, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Joshua Dariye of Plateau Jonah Jang of Plateau, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi, George Akume of Benue and Isiaka Adeleke of Osun. The  former deputy…

Sexual Harassment Bill: Matters Arising

Recently, a bill which seeks to completely prohibit any form of sexual relationship between lecturers and students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria passed second reading in the 8th senate. Titled “Sexual harassment in tertiary Institutions Bill” and sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly and forty-six co sponsor, the bill aims at protecting the rights of vulnerable female students in higher institutions. When passed into law, it will be offence for any lecturer in a University, Polytechnic or College of Education found engaging in sexual relationship with a female student. Such a randy…

Immunity for governors: Falana goofed – Ozekhome

Renowned constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Mike Ozekhome, has said that his colleague and human rights activists, Mr. Femi Falana was wrong on his position that the Nigerian constitution cannot guarantee absolute immunity against criminal prosecution for governors, deputy-governors, President and Vice-President in the country. Falana had during a paper entitled: ‘The Limits of Immunity Clause’, he delivered at the 6th birthday of the Edo State’s Secretary to Government, (SSG) Professor Julius Inhonvbere, said that the money Laundering Act and thhe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act as well as the international criminal court laws…

Senate forgery: How Senate Rules were “amended”for Saraki, Ekweremadu’s elections – Clerk

Sarai and Ekweremadu

…I was never invited for questioning – Ekweremadu The deputy clerk of the National Assembly, Benedict Efeturi, confirmed to police investigators that the senate’s standing orders used for the 2015 elections of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively, were different from the 2011 version which should have been in use at the time. Mr. Efeturi made the disclosure to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigerian Police, which investigated allegations that the rules were Senators Saraki and Ekweremadu to their posts. He however said the alteration, which some senators denounced as illegal as…

ELECTRICITY: NERC sets deadline for eliminating ‘crazy’ billing

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has warned the electricity distribution companies (Discos) against putting into effect the new tariff regime before the February 1 official take off date. After months of discussions with the Discos, NERC last month increased the amount consumers pay for electricity consumed, and removed the controversial monthly charge. Following fear that the Discos may put into effect the new tariff before the official takeoff date, NERC said wednesday that it would be illegal to do so before February 1. The commission has also assured consumers that it would put an end to the menace of…

Immunity for Impunity: Time for amendment!

  The Immunity clause in the Nigerian constitution was originally designed to protect government officials in the discharge of their legitimate function. But alas, it has been turned upside down and now used to protect criminals in government. Sovereign immunity, or crown immunity, is a legal doctrine by which the sovereign or state cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution. The role of the immunity clause is to protect government and not just the individual who commits crime in government. But with the way it is applied in Nigeria, the immunity clause provides…

Senators halt public debate on jumbo pay, illegal allowances

  The Senate, on Wednesday, suspended open debate on the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the Finances of the upper legislative body. The report of the review, believed to have recommended the pruning down of the legislators’ jumbo pay, was listed in Thursday’s order paper but was later dropped for “executive session” — a euphemism for closed-door meeting. The Senate’s decision to keep the debate out of public glare fueled speculations that the senators were opposed to the downward review of their approved pay and illegal allowances. PREMIUM TIMES  it was gathered reliably that the lawmakers…

“Governors are biggest thieves” – Says Ex-Minister

  SECOND Republic Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), has sensationally accused governors of corruption, calling them “the biggest thieves.” Speaking in an explosive interview on Galaxy Television on Sunday, Akinjide said states are broke because governors are stealing money. The legal icon said states are not able to pay salaries because “they are stealing. The biggest thieves are the governors.” He said states get billions of naira allocation, but in the end, the money is taken away. Saying that the critical things in life are honesty and integrity, Akinjide said most of those…

Buhari’s 30 days in office, All motion, no movement – PDP

  Reviewing the actions and inactions of the administration in the first 30 days, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP called for prayers for an administration it claims has shown no movement or motion. The party spoke through its spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh. “We urge Nigerians to join hands in prayers and offer useful suggestions to President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC because with what we have seen in the last 30 days, the present administration is finding it very difficult to get its bearings right while showing no inclination towards implementing its numerous campaign promises for which they were…

After the swearing in – what next? (1)

  May 29th 1999 kick-started the true democratic governance in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it has become a National Day to be celebrated till date.  This year’s Democracy Day, May 29, 2015 marked 16 years of democratic governance in the country.  On that day, President Muhammadu Buhari providentially nicknamed Okechukwu was sworn-in as the 7th President of Nigeria in Abuja.  Here in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha of APC was sworn-in as the Executive Governor for the 2nd tenure. At the national level the Federal Government was said to have spent more than 2…

NASS Elections: Positive Step in Democracy – JDPC

New Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki being sworn-in by   Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, Clerk of the National Assembly. While mixed reactions continue to trail the outcome of Tuesday’s elections of principal officers of the National Assembly, a Catholic pro-democracy group has lauded the simple and uncomplicated manner in which the Senate President and the other officers emerged, describing it as a  positive step for democracy. Reacting to the election, Coordinator of the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Owerri  Archdiocese, Fr Dr Casmir Nze, said he was satisfied with procedure, explaining that the aim of democracy was to engender a…

We are not thieves! Lawmakers reply Obasanjo

The Senate on Thursday said that the allegation by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that the National Assembly was using constituency projects to siphon the public funds was a total lie meant to denigrate the sanctity of the parliament. The Senate also claimed that it was the Obasanjo’s administration that approved the constituency projects to be built into the national budget which was implemented by the executive. Speaking through its chairman on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate described the allegation of corruption against it by the former president as unfortunate and an attempt to…

Boko Haram: Abducted Schoolgirls allegedly Married Off at N2000 – Moved to Chad, Cameroon

Most of the 234 Borno schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity, according to a   newspaper report, have allegedly been ferried abroad to Chad and Cameroon after they were married off to sect members on N2,000 bride price each. The female students were taken from their hostels at the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok on the night of April 14. About 40 had escaped in the days after the incident, but parents and school authorities said at least 234 of them were yet to be found. Dr. Pogu Chibok, who is the leader of the Chibok Elders Forum, told Daily Trust on…

An overview of the Nigerian Public Procurement Act

There is the need for the establishment of a legal framework for public Procurement” says the World Bank to the Officials of the Federal Government who are always in need of more Loans to facilitate one white Elephant Project after another. These loans always seem to find their way to private Pockets because of lack of Due Process or Policy defaults. The Enactment of The Procurement Act 2007 is a weighty development based on the recommendation of the World Bank which advised for better transparency in the proceedings of public procurement. As a general rule, it is the requirement of…