Senate confirms Justice Ariwoola as new Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Senate yesterday confirmed Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN). Justice Ariwoola was confirmed after responding to a few questions from lawmakers on the floor of the Senate. Recall that Ariwoola was appointed as the acting CJN after Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad resigned as the head of the country’s judiciary in June 2022, and President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded his name to the Senate for confirmation. The Upper Chamber could not confirm him then as they were on recess. Justice Ariwoola has been acting CJN after the…

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2023 Budget: Senate to address N11.03 trillion deficit through Finance Amendment Act

The Nigerian Senate has declared that it would amend the relevant sections of the Finance Act in order to address the N11.03 trillion 2023 Budget deficit. This information was provided by Senator Sani Musa of the Senate Committee on General Services, who emphasized that they would focus on ways to get the various revenue-generating organizations to triple the goals that their respective legislatures would assign to them. Sani spoke after the Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, inspected the Senate’s ‘makeshift’ chambers ahead of the resumption of lawmakers in the upper…

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Worsening Insecurity: ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ Senators demand sack of President, stage walk-out

Some senators from the opposition political parties at the National Assembly yesterday walked out of the Red Chamber in protest at the worsening insecurity situation in the country. The senators walked out on the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after he allegedly refused the Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda, to allow them to lead the motion on the impeachment of the President. It was learnt that some lawmakers that were displeased with the worsening security situation in the country had threatened to impeach the President.  The Senators from the opposition parties have…

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Buhari asks Senate to confirm Ariwoola as substantive CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. He had since forwarded a letter to the Senate for the CJN’s confirmation. The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, read the president’s letter at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja. The letter read: “Pursuant to Section 231(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is the Chief Justice of Nigeria. “While I hope that the submission will be considered…

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Senate to screen Buhari’s ministerial nominees June 29

The Senate will on Wednesday, June 29, screen the seven ministerial nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said this shortly before the Upper Chamber adjourned plenary to Tuesday next week. Recall that President Buhari, in a letter dated 15th June 2022, requested the Upper Chamber to confirm the nomination of seven ministerial nominees. The request according to Buhari was in accordance with Section 147(2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. Lawan said that the nominees will be screened individually by the…

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Senate amends Terrorism Act, prohibits making payment of ransom to kidnappers

A Bill seeking to prohibit the payment of ransom to kidnappers has passed the third reading in the Senate. The Bill was passed after the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters adopted its report in plenary, yesterday. The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, said the Bill sought to prohibit the payment of ransom to abductors, kidnappers, and terrorists in exchange for the release of anyone who had been wrongly detained, imprisoned, or kidnapped. According to the legislator, the Bill’s ultimate goal is to deter…

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Just In! APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, resigns from Senate

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, has resigned from the Senate. Their resignations were stated in letters read on the floor of the red chamber by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday. Recall that Adamu was elected as APC national chairman at the convention of the party that was held on March, 26. The current APC Deputy Chairman (North), Abubakar Kyari, also resigned his membership in the upper legislative chamber. Until his resignation he represented Borno-North. Details to follow…

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Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack: ‘Declare full-scale war on terrorists, bombard their enclaves’, Senate cries out to military

…As Buhari orders troops to hunt down terrorists The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a full-scale war on gunmen terrorising communities across the country. This call was made by the upper legislative chamber yesterday, after the Senator representing Kaduna-Central, Uba Sani, drew its attention to Monday evening’s attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train. Recall that the attack occurred around Katari-Rijana area of Kaduna, when the train was said to have almost reached its final destination, Rigasa, when the gunmen opened fire on it, killing some passengers while…

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Senate to vote on report of 1999 Constitution review committee March 1

The Senate will on March 1, vote on the report of the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution. Chairman of the Committee, Sen.Ovie Omo-Agege, (APC- Delta) gave the hint at plenary, following an announcement made to invite members of the committee to a meeting scheduled to hold by 2 p.m, after plenary. Omo-Agege, who presided over the session, disclosed that the report of the Constitution Review Committee would be laid at plenary today, Wednesday, Feb. 23, and copies distributed to lawmakers. He, therefore, appealed to Senators to…

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Senate probes N400bn abandoned PHC projects initiated by Obasanjo

The Senate has mandated its joint Committees on Health, Primary Health Care and Communicable Disease, Works, and Housing to investigate the abandoned N400 billion naira National Primary Health Centre (PHC) project initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo across the 774 Local government areas in the country. The resolution was reached yesterday during plenary by the Senate after it considered a Motion to that effect. The Motion, titled: “Need to investigate the abandoned Four Hundred Billion Naira National Primary Health Center Project”, was sponsored by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara-Central). Senator Oloriegbe,…

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