Invasion: Reps seek arms for National Assembly security

Following invasion of the National Assembly by operatives the Department of State Services (DSS) in August, the House of Representatives yesterday asked the Federal Government to empower the Sergeant-At Arms, its security outfit, to bear arms for the purpose of securing the legislative institution. The resolution was made following the adoption of a motion brought by Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) titled; “Urgent need to address the desecration and security challenges in the invasion of National Assembly by security operatives.” In his lead debate, Ossai recalled the invasion of…

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National Assembly adjourns plenary over death of serving Lawmaker

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The National Assembly on Tuesday adjourned plenary over the death of a serving colleague, Honourable Olufunke Adedoyin of Kwara State. Plenary by both the Senate and House of Representatives was adjourned in line with the practice of the National Assembly in the case of the death of a serving legislator. The National Assembly had earlier on Tuesday resumed plenary after a long break which lasted over two months. They also had a closed-door session which lasted for about one hour. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, led the prayers during the commencement…

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PHOTOS: Legislative aides protest over unpaid allowances

Legislative aides to members of the National Assembly on Tuesday held a protest over the alleged non-payment of their allowances totalling N5.8bn. the aides were seen chanting songs and holding placards with inscriptions, “we are aides, not slaves.” Speaking with journalists, Nyakari-Abasi Etuk, who led the protesters, opined that they have not been paid Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) among others, since the inception of the 8th assembly. His words, “Some of us they are owing us up to one point something million and these are funds we use to go…

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NASS plans to return NSC, wants Sports Ministry scrapped

National Assembly House Committee on Sports has promised to hasten the bill that will return the National Sports Commission as a parastatal. A member of the House Committee on Sports, Honourable Nuhu Sheriff, from Borno State Federal Constituency, disclosed this during a National Sports Summit organised in Abuja during the week. Hon. Nuhu while making contribution at a well-attended Summit pointed out that sports in the country does not need a Ministry to function effectively. “We do not need a ministry for sports to thrive. What we need is a…

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Saraki dares Buhari over National Assembly siege

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent judicial panel of inquiry into the assault on the National Assembly by masked gunmen. Saraki made the demand on his Twitter handle on Tuesday morning. The very serious questions about last Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly can only be answered through a thorough and neutral investigation. I call on Mr. President to immediately institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to look into that assault on our democracy. — Bukola…

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JUST IN: No date for National Assembly reconvening – Saraki, Dogara

Saraki, Dogara

The leadership of the National Assembly has said no date has been for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was contained in a joint statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, media aides to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively. Recall that the leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which…

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BREAKING: National Assembly calls off Tuesday Reconvening

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The National Assembly will no longer reconvene on Tuesday, August 14. This announcement was made by Mr Abdulrazak Namdas. He said the house was yet to decide the date to reconvene. This is contrary to the announcement made by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Yusuf Lasun, who said the Senate will reconvene on Tuesday to consider the budget for the 2019 polls and other pending issues forwarded to lawmakers by President Muhammadu Buhari in July. Details later…

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NASS Invasion: FG Planning to twist facts, indict us- Saraki, Ekweremadu

Senate President, Dr, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu have raised the alarm that the Federal Government has commenced the execution of a plot to implicate them and their colleagues in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the last Tuesday Invasion of the premises of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Services (DSS). In a statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu, the two legislative leaders stated that after receiving the interim report submitted by the Inspector General of Police…

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National Assembly reconvenes Tuesday to consider INEC budget

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The two chambers of the National Assembly are set to reconvene Tuesday next week to approve the N242 billion supplementary budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Deputy speaker of the House, Hon Sulaimon Lasub Yussuff, disclosed this yesterday after the APC caucus meeting at the National Assembly. Expatiating on the outcome of the meeting held between the National Assembly leadership and chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakub, Lasun disclosed that the House would resume next Tuesday or Wednesday to attend to the President’s virement request. “We met yesterday (Wednesday) and…

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N’Assembly Blockade a show of shame – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called for investigation into the blockade at the entrance of the National Assembly by security operatives on Tuesday. He made the call while addressing a World News Conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Saraki said that to forestall a recurrence of the incident, an investigation should be carried out and perpetrators brought to book. He said, “We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never occurs again. Many agencies have abused their powers and acted outside the ambit of…

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