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Breaking: Senate puts off emergency sitting, approaches court over Onnoghen

January 28, 2019 Editor 0

The Senate has just put off its scheduled emergency sitting over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria. The upper chamber in the National Assembly has also approached the Supreme Court for the interpretation of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. This was made known in a statement released by the Read More

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Breaking: Senate cuts short ‘plenary break’, converge next week over Onnoghen

January 26, 2019 Editor 0

The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday to discuss the sudden suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen. A source in the National Assembly told Channels Television that the lawmakers would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The source also confirmed that the National Assembly would hold a leadership Read More

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Breaking: Senate ‘dumps’ 2019 budget, face Minimum wage

January 24, 2019 Editor 0

Despite having 2019 budget still begging for attention after it was submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate has suspended its rules by evoking order 79 to give the new Minimum Wage (amendments) Bill an accelerated consideration. No sooner had the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter announcing the transmission of the bill to the National Read More

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Police file fresh charges, set to re-arraign Melaye

January 22, 2019 Editor 0

The embattled Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Senate Dino Melaye, will be re-arraigned on Tuesday. This comes as Senator Melaye said he is still being held by the police in their custody. He claimed to have met all bail conditions within the realm of the order by a court for his detention over allegations that his supporters Read More

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Police, not DSS ‘whisked’ Melaye away – Spokesman

January 12, 2019 Editor 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked reports making round that its Operatives storm an Abuja and whisked Senator Dino Melaye away. In a statement made available to Blueprint, the Public Relations Officer of DSS, Peter Afunanya, explained that it was men of Nigerian Police that brought the Kogi-born Politician to their medical facility afterwards. The attention of the Read More

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Boko Haram: Buhari summons Security Chiefs as Army confirms 44 Soldiers dead

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned Service Chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect along the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday. It was gathered that the urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security developments across the battle fields in the North East region of the country. A reliable source, who Read More

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Projects: South-East Govs set for showdown with FG

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi has commended the Federal government for capturing Southeast in their railway projects but insisted that South-East Governors are working for the project to be pushed to the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Umahi who said that one of the risen southeast governors visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday was to talk about the much adorned second Read More

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Lagos APC Senatorial primaries: Aspirant escapes death as Ashafa, Osinowo’s supporters clash

October 5, 2018 Editorial III 0

Violence erupted yesterday in parts of Kosofe Federal constituency of Lagos State during the primary election into the House of Representatives. A former member of House of Representatives, Dayo Bush Alebiosu and the incumbent, Rotimi Agunsoye were the two contenders in the primary election. A former Chairmanship aspirant in Kosofe Local Government area, Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha, narrowly, escaped death, when Read More

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Senator David Umaru’s second term bid suffers defeat

October 4, 2018 Editorial III 0

  Sen. David Umaru’s bid for a fresh tenure suffered a major setback on Thursday after he lost the All Progressives Congress ticket to contest the 2019 elections. At the primary election held in Minna, Umaru, who represents Niger East Senatorial District, polled 5,870 votes to concede the ticket to his challenger, Alhaji Sani Musa, who scored 39,192 votes. Senator Read More

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Not-Too-Young-To-Run: Why we didn’t reduce age limit – Ekweremadu

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has explained that the 35 years age qualification for the Senate was retained to correct the initial disparity in the 1999 Constitution between the age qualification for the Senate and that of the President, which used to be 40 years, but now reduced to 35 years. Ekweremadu, who is also the Read More

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Senate moves to end health workers’ strike

May 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Senate has intervened in the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) weeks back . President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, where he listened to their grievances and demands, also met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Read More

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El-Rufai endorses political adviser for Senate

May 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has endorsed his political adviser, Uba Sani, to contest for the senatorial seat of Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 2019 elections. Shehu Sani is the current senator representing the zone. El-Rufai is currently having a running battle with the current three senators from Kaduna and is expected to try to replace them. The governor Read More

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Melaye’s long walk to detention

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senator Dino Melaye has been variously described as a cat with nine lives, given his penchant for surviving plots against him, including the recent failed bid to recall him from the upper legislative chamber. However, the senator has cases in three different court against him. Last Thursday, a Lokoja Magistrate court had order his detention for 38 days with the Read More

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Senate queries Military Pensions Board over N44bn

May 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senate Committee on Public Accounts yesterday expressed suspicion over N44 billion the Military Pensions Board spent without budgetary provisions between 2015 and 2017. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Uroghide (PDP, Edo South), explained that the Board was evasive in response to the Committee’s demands on payment of pensions from Service Wide Votes instead of budgetary provisions as was the Read More

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Senate Invasion: Parliament respect your rules

April 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Watching last week’s invasion of the Senate chambers by thugs last week on television shocked me to my bone marrow. The ease with which the thugs entered the Red Chambers and picked the mace, the symbol of the Senate’s authority, right in front of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, who was presiding, is almost unbelievable. I also watched Read More

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Senate invasion threat to democracy – NLC, NUJ

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The invasion of the hallowed chamber of the Senate by hoodlums who carted away the mace and other paraphernalia of authority is a violation of the sanctity of the Senate and constitutes a threat to our democracy, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has said. A statement signed by the president of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and made available to Read More

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Fuss over sequence of elections

March 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

What is in a sequence of elections? You wonder! The furore in the Senate on this gave cause for concern. But, the defunct National Party of Nigeria, in the Second Republic, reversed the earlier sequence of voting, introduced by the outgone military regime. The presidential election was moved forward from the rear. The result created a bandwagon effects on subsequent Read More

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BREAKING: Senator Ali Wakili is dead

March 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senator representing Bauchi South senatorial district Malam Ali Wakili has been reported dead. Sen. Wakili who is chairman of the Senate committee on Poverty Alleviation, was said to have slumped and died at his Gwarimpa residence. Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu confirmed the death of the lawmaker in a phone interview with Read More

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Court backs Senate on Magu’s rejection

February 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court in Abuja  has backed the Senate’s rejection of  Mr Ibrahim Magu as substantive  Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC). A concerned Nigerian, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo had  filed a suit at a Federal High Court, Abuja challenging the Senate’s decision to reject the nomination of Magu by the President as substantive Chairman of Read More

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Senate invites IGP over failure to arrest Benue killing suspects

February 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, over the failure of the Police to arrest perpetrators of killings in Benue. The Senate had on Jan. 16 given the IGP 14 days to arrest and investigate suspected perpetrators of the killings. The resolution was sequel to a Point of Order raised by Sen. Joshua Lidani Read More

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13 political parties ready for Anambra central election

December 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has said that about 13 political parties have expressed their readiness to participate in Anambra Central Senatorial election slated for January 13th, 2018. The forum of all the political parties also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to defy all odds and see to the successful conduct of Court ordered fresh election in Read More

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Pension Scam: Maina gives condition to come out of hiding

November 24, 2017 Blueprint 0

Abdulrasheed Maina, embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, has signified interest to appear before the House of Representatives if his security is guaranteed. The former Pension boss said he was ready to appear before the committee and provide more details on the controversy that led to his sack if lawmakers can ensure that no security Read More

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Breaking: Court voids Senator Ndume’s suspension

November 10, 2017 Blueprint 0

  The Federal High Court, Abuja, has declared the suspension of Ali Ndume by the Senate as illegal and ordered that he be paid all his outstanding salaries and allowances. Justice Babatunde Quadri in his judgment on Friday, set aside the suspension and ordered that Mr. Ndume be allowed to resume his duties in the senate as a senator. “The Read More

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Senate begins probe of Maina, accuses Buhari’s men of fueling corruption

October 24, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Senate has commenced investigation of the circumstances surrounding the return of embattled ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, and his reinstatement into the civil service of the Federal Government. The lawmakers at the plenary on Tuesday took turns to condemn those in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who they said were rubbishing the anti-corruption Read More

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Constitution Amendment: Dogara briefs governors on Senate, House disagreement

October 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Wednesday night briefed governors of the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on the constitution amendments done by the lower chamber of the National Assembly. The Senate and House of Representatives had disagreements on certain aspects of the constitution amendment, thereby delaying the governors from taking Read More