Senate Bombs Buhari, Obasanjo, Others

By Stephen Ubana The Conflict between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Senate over wearing of  Customs uniform may have prompted the Hope Uzodinma led Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to initiate investigation into the alleged remittance of N4 tr into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the government  between 2006 and 2016 by the NCS and how the money was spent . Many see the Senate Committee plan as a probe of  Aliyu Mustapha,   Buba Gyang,  Abdullahi Dikko and now…

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19 Billion Paris Club Scam: EFCC Reports Indicts Saraki, Others

By Akinwale Kasali Senate President, Bukola Saraki is presently enmeshed into another controversy, as he has been indicted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has submitted a report to President Muhammadu Buhari linking him and some of his aides to the diversion of about N19bn from the N522bn Paris Club refund. The report also fingered Mr. Robert Mbonu of Melrose General Services Limited. Mbonu is a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, the commercial bank owned by the Saraki family which was later liquidated. The Federal Government…

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Grass-Cutting Probe: Senate Reveals that Contract was awarded to 20 Ghost Companies

The Senate, on Thursday, said it had not been able to trace the addresses of about 20 contractors engaged for the execution of various projects in the rehabilitation of the North-East. An investigative hearing by the Senate on the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East, billed to hold on Thursday, had been botched by the non-appearance of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal. The Chairman, Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Senator Shehu Sani, said…

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Senate Drops Two Non Career Ambassadorial Nominees, Approves 45

The Senate has rejected the nomination of two non-career ambassadorial nominees presented for legislative approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. The rejected nominees are Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr Jacob Daodu from Ondo State. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which screened of nominees, presented its report at the plenary on Thursday. Details later… Share on: WhatsApp

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Buhari Nominates 27 as INEC REC, Seeks Senate’s Confirmation

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, read a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, in which he sought legislative approval for the nomination of 27 Nigerians as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Osinbajo transmitted the nominations to the Senate in February, when President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Details later…… Share on:

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NASS Approves Buhari’s $500 Million Eurobond

The two arms of the National Assembly, NASS, have approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to raise additional $500 million eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 Budget deficit. In the Senate, the approval was given, following an executive communication from the President that the lawmakers considered his request for $500 million Eurobond. Earlier, deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, asked that Senate dissolved to the Committee of the whole to approve the request because of the urgency of the matter. In supporting the motion, Senate Minority…

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Breaking: Senate Asks Custom CG, Hameed Ali to Resign

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate few minutes ago have asked the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) to resign his appointment. The lawmakers made the call at the plenary on Wednesday, following the failure of Ali to honour the invite of the senate. Ali and the senate have been at loggerheads over his failure to appear before the senate in his custom uniform. Details later….. Share on: WhatsApp

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Senate Probes Saraki Over SUV Imports

By Stephen Ubanna The trouble between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS and the Senate has taken a new dimension as the upper Chamber  moves  to probe  Bukola  Saraki, the Senate President  linked with the imports of a N298 million bullet proof SUV vehicle seized by  the `Customs. The  Senators are not happy at the news making the rounds that Saraki had imported an SUV bullet proof vehicle which was impounded by the   Customs at the instance of Ali, the Customs boss. The Lawmakers…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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Senate Rejects Magu

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu to become the substantive Chairman of the anti graft agency has just been dashed After hours of grueling drill by the senate, Magu was unable to convince the Senate that he was fit and proper for the exalted position. The latest damning report by the Department of State Security, DSS, was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, as he failed the integrity test. Magu struggled to extricate himself from serious damning…

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Xenophobic Attacks: Senate Cancels South African Trip

The Senate has cancelled its proposed trip to South Africa following the return of xenophobic attacks on Africans, including Nigerians, who suffered injuries and had their property destroyed. The decision of the Senate to cancel the journey was sequel to a closed door meeting, yesterday, before plenary. Briefing plenary after the meeting, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, said the cancellation became imperative to avoid multiple delegations to the Southern Africa nation. He said: “On our trip to South Africa, we noted that the House of…

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Relief for Vehicle Importers as Senate Pass Bill

By Stephen Ubanna Vehicle importers and their Clearing agents at the nation’s land borders heaved a sigh of relief  when information filtered out that the Senate  has passed a bill urging Yemi Osibanjo , the acting President to re-open the land borders for Vehicle imports. It was gathered that the government has set March 15,2017, for importers have vehicles lying at Republic of Benin, Togo and other neighbouring West African countries to feel free to process their documents and pay the relevant duties at the border stations. At  Seme and…

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