EXCLUSIVE: Lagos Assembly Speaker Breaks Into Offices Of Removed Principal Officers As House Crisis Rages

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mubashiru Obasa, has shut the door to the possibility of any reconciliation between him and two principal officers of the arm of government removed from office.  The affected officers are Muyiwa Jimoh and Abiru, Deputy Majority Leader and Chief Whip of the Assembly respectively.  SaharaReporters investigation revealed that the Speaker in company...

35 Nigerian Governors, 15 Ministers, Others Purchase Dubai Properties With Suspected Public Funds

  A report published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has revealed how Nigerian public officials and their proxies steal public funds and invest it in luxurious properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to the report, Politically Exposed Persons under scrutiny by anti-graft agencies are seeking new ways to hide their ill-gotten wealth by purchasing expensive properties in Dubai. The...

Bayelsa Government, Surveillance Contractors Disagree Over Security Of State

Surveillance contractors in charge of oil pipelines in Bayelsa have berated the state government over calls for the review of the contract. Deputy Governor of the state, Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, had during a visit of the House of Representatives Committee on Nigerian Navy called for a review of surveillance contracts in the state. Ehwrudjakpo, who accused the surveillance contractors of encouraging...

African Development Bank Cancels Travels For Officials Over Coronavirus

The African Development Bank has cancelled travels for all of its officials. The decision was taken as part of "extraordinary measures to protect staff, families and operations," said Akinwunmi Adesina, President of AfDB. He added that staff are to work remotely as visits to the bank had been cancelled. "All official travels are cancelled. All meetings are cancelled.  "All staff to work...

BREAKING: Coronavirus Forces Buhari To Cancel Trip To Guinea

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, has been forced to cancel his trip to Guinea as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. A top government source confirmed the development to SaharaReporters on Friday evening.  According to the official, Buhari together with presidents of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Niger were supposed to arrive Guinea this weekend ahead of a rescheduled referendum in that...

Ben Murray-Bruce Loses Wife To Cancer

A former Nigerian senator, Ben Marry-Bruce, has lost him wife, Evelyn, to cancer. The former senator announced this on Friday via his Twitter handle. He said, "I’m broken. Just lost my beautiful wife to cancer. She was my best friend for 43 years and my wife for 41 years. Cancer is real, but it shouldn’t be a death sentence - awareness and...

Taraba Governor, Ishaku, Returns To State Over 80 Days After Public Disappearance

Governor of Taraba, Darius Ishaku, has returned to Jalingo, the state capital, more than 80 days after disappearing from public glare.  Ishaku arrived the Danbaba Suntai Airport, Jalingo, aboard a chartered aircraft at exactly 4:2pm on Thursday. He was received by deputy governor, Haruna Manu, some top government officials and traditional rulers at the airport.  Recall that SaharaReporters had on Saturday...

BREAKING: Appeal Court Reinstates Ifeanyi Ubah

  The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Thursday nullified the judgment of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory delivered on January 17, 2020, which ordered the removal of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah as lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial District at the National Assembly. The appellate court held that Ubah was duly elected by people of his senatorial district. Delivering...

Coronavirus: American Infects Driver In Ekiti, Dies Shortly After Falling Ill

A 27-year-old American visiting Nigeria from Richmond, Virginia, United States, has died shortly after developing symptoms related to the Coronavirus.  A 38-year-old man, who drove the American around during his visit has tested positive to the virus in Ekiti.  Commissioner for Health and Human Services in the state, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.  However, the...

Trial Of Ex-Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Stalled

  The trial of former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, was stalled on Wednesday based on the directive of the Chief Judge of the state that new trial should not be open until further notice.  Justice John Tsoho had issued the directive in January, which have been delaying all new cases slated for trial. Justice Mohammad Liman...

Nigerian Senate Calls For Decentralisation Of Police

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Challenges has called for the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force as a way of improving efficiency aimed at addressing the problem of insecurity in the country.  The Senate recommended to the executive arm of government that the police command structure be decentralised with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal commands.  These...

BREAKING: Nigeria’s House Of Representatives Bars Visitors From Chamber Over Coronavirus

Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have passed a resolution barring visitors from the chamber and other parts of the National Assembly. The resolution formed parts of a motion under matter of urgent public importance as an amendment by Dachung Bagos from Plateau, while the original motion was moved by Zekeri Charles from Kaduna State. It holds that only lawmakers...

Brief Nigerians On Efforts To Address Coronavirus, Senate Urges Buhari

The Senate on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately brief Nigerians on efforts by the government to address the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country.  The call on the President was contained in resolutions reached sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC – Gombe Central).  Oluremi Tinubu...

Group Warns Politicians In Ondo Against Inciting Violence Ahead Of Governorship Election

A coalition of civil society groups in Ondo State has warned politicians against inciting violence ahead of the governorship election on October 10. In a statement jointly signed by Franklin Oloniyo, Folasade Bamgboye and Martins Alo, the coalition asked politicians to be mindful of their language so as not to provoke violence in the state during campaign period.  The statement...