… Fashola, Amaechi, Fayemi, Ngige make list

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday formally unveiled the 21 ministerial nominees forwarded to the upper legislative chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 30.

The list was read out at about 11:00am and the Senate President told the lawmakers that President Buhari will forward the second batch of ministerial nominees shortly.ministerial list

The ministerial nominees are – Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Rotimi Amaechi, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Dr. Chris Ngige, Dr .Ogbonaya Onu, Malami Abubakar (SAN), Aisha Jumai Alhassan, Mrs. Amina Mohammed Ibrahim, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Dr.Emmanuel Kachikwu and Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau (rtd).

Others are – Senator Hadi Sirika, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma, Ahmed Isa Ibeto, Engr. Sulaiman Adamu, Adebayo Shittu, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Solomon Dalong and Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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Nigerian workers, under the umbrellas of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have asked the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, to vacate his office pending the determination of his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.Senate-President-Bukola-Saraki

The workers, who spoke across the country, said although Saraki is still on trial and has not been found guilty of the allegations against him, it is morally right for him to vacate his office as Senate President to defend himself.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is prosecuting Saraki for alleged false declaration of his assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Saraki had, last Tuesday, stepped into the dock at the CCT in Abuja, where he was arraigned for false assets declaration charges. Read More →

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The Nigeria Police Force said in Abuja on Tuesday that it would arrest any person not listed in the categories of persons authourised to use siren in the country.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had in 2012 listed the categories of persons entitled to use siren.Siren

They are; President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker, their deputies, state governors and service chiefs.

Others are: the Inspector-General of Police, General Officers Commanding , Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), as well as Commissioners of Police.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the police would rely on the government circular on use of siren.

“We will still go by the Federal government circular in implementing the directive,“Kolawole said. Read More →

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Posted By: Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

FOR the second time in a week, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday quizzed the Senate President’s wife, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki.

She was grilled for another five and half hours, making her appearance before EFCC’s crack investigators a cumulative record of 11 hours.Toyin-Saraki

But Mrs. Saraki said the anti-graft agency only had a chat with her and not interrogation.

According to sources, she arrived at the EFCC office at 10a.m and left at 3.35p.m.

Mrs. Saraki’s supporters, including senators, who were with her on Tuesday, were absent.

It was learnt that she spent the day responding to “follow up questions on the statement she wrote on Tuesday”.

A source in the commission said: “We have had preliminary investigation with Mrs. Saraki, but we are yet to conclude our findings. Read More →

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) called for a comprehensive insurance coverage for journalists in the country.Bukola-Saraki

He also said that it has become imperative for the salaries of media practitioners to be enhanced in order to boost their morale and increase their productivity.

Saraki made these remarks when he Chaired the opening session of the 5th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja.

The Senate President who was represented at the event by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, said that recent events in the national, cross-border and global polity has undoubtedly put a lot of emphasis on the safety, sustainability, Read More →

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By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke, with agency reports

ABUJA—Following the appointment of new service chiefs on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, military sources have confided in Vanguard that about 25 Major Generals may proceed on retirement when the Senate confirms the new appointments.Mutiny-Army

Indications also emerged, yesterday, in Abuja that President Buhari’s forthcoming trip to the United States of America this month for extensive bilateral, economic and financial discussions with US President Barrack Obama, the need to engage his hosts about the terrorism challenges as well as Nigeria’s military capability to tackle the menace conclusively, necessitated the sack of the service chiefs last Monday. Read More →

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By Olalekan Bilesanmi

The National Assembly and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) appear to have emerged as the new battlegrounds for high profile politicians jostling for the 2019 presidential contest.

The politicians bid, Sunday Vanguard learnt, is predicated on the assumption that President Muhammadu Buhari, on account of age (he is 72), may not run for second term at the next general elections.

Sources at the weekend linked the politicians ambition to the National Assembly leadership crisis.SARAKI-DOGAR

The National Assembly came into the calculations because in the absence of a sitting President who is interested in seeking re-election and a Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a technocrat, leaders of the National Assembly are in vantage position to use their offices to mobilize support and gain political visibility.

The politicians, including governors, it was learnt, were, therefore, wary of allowing senators and Representatives with vast experience, huge resources, wide network and political visibility to emerge as Senate President, Speaker or occupy other principal offices.
The attacks launched by a North-West governor on the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Mr. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, are believed to be tied to the 2019 presidential race.

Analysts say the governor’s fear is that Saraki and Dogara, who are both northerners, may use their offices to traverse the country and build political network that may encourage them to seek the office of the President in 2019. Read More →

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