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Kachikwu vs Baru: Senate postpones probe, to begin next week

THE planned probe of Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, over alleged award of $25 billion contract without due process, insubordination and abuse of office as contained in the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s leaked letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Senate has been postponed.   Kachikwu and Baru Speaking, ...

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Senate To Buhari: Sack Fashola, Appoint Separate Minister Of Power

Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a separate Minister of Power to oversee the activities in the sector, which currently has Mr. Babatunde Fashola as minister. The Upper House said with the privatisation of the sector, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, is rapidly expanding its project implementation activities, rather than limit its role of providing policy ...

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Cult killing probe: Rivers Assembly denies receiving police invitation

The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, on Thursday dismissed the claim that the state legislature had received a letter from the State Police Command requesting the release of a member of the House for interrogation on a matter relating to cultism. Ibani, who spoke in Port Harcourt, said the police should follow the right channel ...

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Senate endorses swearing-in president, vice at NASS

   The Senate Thursday passed a Bill for an Act to provide for the inauguration of the President and the Vice-President at the National Assembly Complex. The passage of the Bill followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Special Duties which scrutinized the legislation. The Bill was sponsored by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Chairman ...

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Senate moves to criminalise secret recruitment in MDAs

    The Senate has condemned illegal recruitments by Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, warning that it is a threat to Nigeria’s unity. The legislative arm is now moving to criminalise secret recruitment into government agencies. This was made known at the plenary on Wednesday when the upper chamber of the National Assembly passed a bill sponsored by Senator ...

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Kidnapping: Judge hands-off Evans case

Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday declined to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Evans is seeking N300 million damages for his illegal detention. Anka said that the case file would be returned to the Administrative Judge for further directive.   The judge had earlier heard the case ...

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Again, Buhari Seeks Senate’s Approval For $5.5bn Loan

The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the Senate to approve a loan of $5.5 billion to fund the 2017 budget. His request was contained in a letter read by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday. The President also said that the 2017 budget had a deficit of N2.356 trillion. More details coming…

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House summons: We’ll use mechanism of law to get you, Reps tell Magu, NNPC, others

APPARENTLY disturbed by the deliberate refusal of acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and other agencies of government to obey summons, the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, yesterday, vowed to apply the mechanism of the law to make them appear. Other agencies accused of flouting summons include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, ...

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