Monthly Archives: October 2015

Buhari Names New INEC Boss, Appoints 5 Commissioners

President Muhammadu Buhari on has announced the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), even as he also named five new national commissioners for the electoral umpire. Their appointments were consequently approved on Wednesday at the first Council of State meeting to be presided over by President Buhari. This development was disclosed ...

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Corruption: Saraki’s Trial Stalled As Tribunal Bans Cameras

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), hearing the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s alleged false declaration of assets on Wednesday, has banned the use of cameras in its courtroom during proceedings before it adjourned the trial to November 5 and 6. The tribunal’s decision followed a pending judgment of the Court of Appeal on the trial of the Senate President. The prosecuting counsel‎, ...

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Amaechi’s Screening: Hoping Against Hope Over Ministerial Clearance

Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber, the Senate on Tuesday, against all hopes, excluded the name of embattled Rivers State former Governor, Rotimi Ameachi, from the day’s screening. From the Order Paper of the Senate, it was gathered that only three of the nominees will scheduled to appear before the lawmakers for screening as ministers. The first version of the Order Paper ...

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Tribunal Victory: PDP Mocks APGA Over Protest In Abia

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) over what it describes as “its embarrassing resort to calling out paid touts and street urchins” to attempt and/or orchestrate a cosmetic protest in Abia against the verdicts of election tribunals. The party in a statement issues by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, noted that ...

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Anxiety As Senate Suspends Further Ministerial Nominees Screening

Tension mounts as the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has further delayed the slow efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to form his cabinet, four months after assuming office, by suspending ongoing screening on would-be ministers. The Senate on Thursday suspended further screening of Ministerial Nominees to Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The Senate made this known through it’s twitter ...

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10th Wole Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting: Center Fixes Oct 23 Deadline For Entries

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) has fixed 4pm on Friday, October 23, 2015 as deadline for submission of entries. The centre had invited entries from Nigerian reporters for the 10th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting from the 4th of October 2015. According to the Centre Coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka in a Statement, the award programme, true to its ...

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Senate Confirms 18 Ministerial Nominees

After a rigorous screening exercise, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday approved 18 ministerial nominees to be appointed Ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. They did this through a voice vote which saw the lawmakers agreeing with no dissenting voice. Those so far confirmed by this exercise include: Christopher Ogbonoya Onu Kayode Fayemi Dr. Osage Ohanere Lt. ...

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Fresh Maiduguri Bomb Blasts Kill 20, Many Injured As Residents Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Bomber in Birnin Kebbi

Fresh multiple explosions, which hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Tuesday, killed no fewer than 20 persons and left many others injured. This came even as vigilante Birnin Kebbi residents apprehended a man suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect and disguised in female attire. TheStreetReporters.com gathered that the Maiduguri blasts followed attacks carried out by ...

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Senate Begins Ministerial Nominees’ Confirmation, Refuses to Uphold ‘Bow and Go’ Tradition

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Tuesday began confirmation of Ministerial nominees against its tradition of ‘bow and go’ for those who have served in legislative capacity before their nomination for ministerial appointment. At the plenary is the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume who moved the motion for the exercise said: “That the Senate do consider the request ...

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Senate in Closed-Door Session, Unveils Second Ministerial List

Nigerian Senate at about 10:35am on Tuesday resolved to go into a closed-door section in order to, among other things, meet and determine the order for the ministerial nominees that “will be invited in; to decide who comes in first, who comes in second.” The Upper legislative Chamber also  considered other modalities for the screening process. The was disclosed by ...

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