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Omo-Agege Resumes, As Senate Says Will Respect Court Order

Omo-Agege Resumes, As Senate Says Will Respect Court Order

NEWS
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has resumed plenary at the red chamber. This is coming as the Senate on Monday says it will not prevent the Senator from returning to the red chamber when plenary resumes Tuesday. Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Publicity, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi stated this in a statement on Monday. “The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not. “We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court  and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal. “As an institution that obeys the law and c
Court Nullifies Omo-Agege’s Suspension By Senate

Court Nullifies Omo-Agege’s Suspension By Senate

NEWS
  The Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate for 90 legislative days. The ruling judge, Nnamdi Dimgba on Thursday stated that the Senate is only empowered to suspend an earring member for 14 days and 1 legislative day. Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Senator Omo Agege his salaries and other entitlements should be paid. Channels Television reports that Senator Omo-Agege was on April 12, 2018,  suspended during plenary over the remarks he made at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which changes the sequence of elections set by INEC is targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Although he had previously apologised to the Senate over his comments about
Political Jobbers Misconstrue Me, Says Senator Who Call For Buhari’s Impeachment

Political Jobbers Misconstrue Me, Says Senator Who Call For Buhari’s Impeachment

NEWS, POLITICS
  Matthew Urhoghide, the lawmaker who is in the centre of the alleged call for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that political jobbers misconstrued the context of his motion. The senate who representing Edo South in the red chamber, denied calling for President Buhari's impeachment, saying that what he did was to raise questions about the infringement on the constitution by Mr President on the purchase of the fighter jets. BigPen Online recalls, that during the debate on the contentious issue, Senator Urhogide who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Public Account, moving a motion opined that “It’s a violation of Section 80 subsection 1, 2, 3, 4. He was quoted to have said, “The procedure of the expenditure is wrong. There ought to be an appropri
Finally, Senators Announce Impeachment Procedures For Buhari

Finally, Senators Announce Impeachment Procedures For Buhari

NEWS, POLITICS
  The senate has join their counterpart in the House of Representatives to launch impeachment procedures against President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to seek Senate approval before purchasing a $496m super Tucano fighter jet. The Senators during Thursday's plenary asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to invoke Section 143 of the constitution in view of President Buhari’s approval of the extra-budgetary spending of 496 million dollars to purchase the aircraft. In a motion moved by the Chairman Senate Committee on Public Account, Senator Mathew Urhogide, is of the opinion that “It’s a violation of Section 80 subsection 1, 2, 3, 4. “The procedure of the expenditure is wrong. There ought to be an appropriation before such expenditure. “I hereby request that the Senate
Magu’s Confirmation: Court Rules In Favour Of Senate

Magu’s Confirmation: Court Rules In Favour Of Senate

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  A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Senate is conferred with the authority to ensure the choice of “only suitable and credible persons for appointment to the office”. The court gave the ruling in determining the suit challenging the Senate’s authority to deny an appointee to the office of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the EFCC Act. A copy of the judgement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday revealed that Justice John Tsoho gave the ruling on January 15, 2018. A lawyer Mr Oluwatosin Ojamo had filed a suit in January 2017, questioning whether the Senate President and the Senate can reject a valid appointment made by the President as it relates to Acting ECFF Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu, in accordance with the pr
President Buhari Nominates Ojukwu As Human Rights Commission ES, Requests Senate Confirmation

President Buhari Nominates Ojukwu As Human Rights Commission ES, Requests Senate Confirmation

METRO, NEWS
  President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Anthony Ojukwu as the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). In a report available to BigPen Online, President Buhari had in a letter to the senate which was read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki nominated Ojukwu and requested the senate to confirm the nominee according to the act of the commission. “In accordance with provisions of section 8 of the National Human Rights Commission amendment act 2010, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu as the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission by the senate. Please find attached copies of his curriculum vitae". Mr. Anthony Ojukwu once confirmed by the senate will take over from Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who has been the Ag
Senate Votes Against Restructuring, Approves Local Government Autonomy

Senate Votes Against Restructuring, Approves Local Government Autonomy

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday voted against devolution of powers to the States of the federation in a series of constitutional amendment going on in the senate. This moves have nailed finally the widespread calls for political restructuring of the country. The lawmakers however voted ‎in favour of financial autonomy for State Houses of Assembly and operation of separate account for local government councils. In a move deemed antithetical to popular opinion, 48 senators voted against devolution of powers as against 46 who voted in favour. This development effectively killed hopes of restructuring Nigeria’s skewed federal set-up which puts the state at a disadvantage against the government at the centre. The 3rd constitutional amendment bill had sought to alter the Seco
Senators Protect Selves With Immunity, Extends Veto Powers, Forbids 2nd Term For Acting President, Deputy Governor

Senators Protect Selves With Immunity, Extends Veto Powers, Forbids 2nd Term For Acting President, Deputy Governor

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In a landmark amendment of the 1999 Constitution, the Senate has approved immunity for members of the National Assembly. The Senate also extended veto powers of the legislature with regards to presidential assent to bills. These were among the 28 amendments made to the 1999 Constitution as was passed on Wednesday. The Senate, also among other amendments, foreclosed a second term ambition for a vice president or deputy governor who succeeds his boss in the event that the latter dies in office. If the amendments eventually sail through, members of the legislature will enjoy immunity in respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions or at committee proceedings for which they cannot be held liable. A part of this amendment bill which was overwhelmingly supported by s
Senate Takes Away Power To Conduct LG Elections From States, Vest It On INEC

Senate Takes Away Power To Conduct LG Elections From States, Vest It On INEC

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The Senate has taken away the power of the State Independent Electoral Commissions to conduct local governments’ elections. That power has now been given to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The resolution of the Senate came after a prayer by Senator Dino Melaye during the on-going consideration of the amendment of the 1999 Constitution. Melaye argued that for the country to have free and fair local government elections, the INEC must oversee the process and not SIECs. The federal lawmakers also gave 30 days ultimatum to the President and Governors to appoint Ministers and Commissioners after inauguration into ‎office. The Senate adhoc Committee in its amendment of the Constitution has also eliminated the joint account between states and local Governm
Breaking: Finally NOUN Students Can Be Admitted To Law School, NYSC

Breaking: Finally NOUN Students Can Be Admitted To Law School, NYSC

NEWS
The Senate on Thursday concluded amendment of the National Open University of Nigeria Act. The amendment will ‎enable students of the university to go for the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps observed by graduates of the country’s universities and polytechnics. The Senate resolution was as a result of clause by clause‎ consideration of the amendment of the NOUN Act by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, chaired by Senator Jubril Barau. Also, through the amendment, Law Students from the NOUN can now be admitted into the Nigerian Law School. There had been agitations among the students for their inclusion in the NYSC and the one year Nigerian Law School program, the Eagle Online had reported.  The National Council on Legal Education h