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#NewsRoundup: Rivers lawmaker gets bail after 62 days, Buhari meets APC Senators to save party’s status


OrderPaperToday – Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, here are the biggest stories around Nigeria’s legislators and the institution of parliament you mustn’t miss this Wednesday:

Party Primaries: Justice to prevail – Buhari assures aggrieved APC Senators

Following the threat to the majority status of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has met with over twenty aggrieved Senators of the party.

The President who met with the lawmakers at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday, urged them to exercise patience and to restrain from making any decision that could hurt the party.

Some of the lawmakers who attended the meeting held behind closed doors were Frank Ibezim (Imo), Adamu Bulkachuwa (Bauchi), Hezekiah Dimka (Plateau), Kabiru Barkiya (Katsina), Yakubu Oseni (Kogi), Oriolowi Tolulope Odebiyi (Ogun) and Kola Balogun (Oyo).

Others were Smart Adeyemi (Kogi), Yusuf A. Yusuf (Taraba), Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara), Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (Jigawa), Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo (Osun) and Lawali Hassan Anka (Zamfara) who all lost their return tickets in the APC primaries they described as non-transparent.

READ ALSO: 2023: APC Senators meet ‘worried’ Adamu, as Senators defect to NNPP, Labour 

62 days after, Rivers lawmaker gets bail

The embattled lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo has been granted bail.

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, granted bail to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker to the tune of N20 million and a surety in like sum with a landed property worth the same amount after lasting in detention for 62 days.

Dagogo had on April 28, 2022, been whisked away from the venue of his party’s governorship screening in Rivers by a team of policemen; allegedly at the orders of the State governor, Nyesom Wike.

He was accused of drafting cultists to the party’s state secretariat and missed out on the activities for the 2023 Rivers Governorship conducted by his party.

READ ALSO: Controversy in Green Chamber over arrest of Rep Farah Dagogo

Senate tackles Buhari’s nominee over primary school certificate

The Senate on Tuesday tackled Joe Anekhu Ohiani, the President’s nominee for the position of substantive Director-General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) over the absence of his Primary School Leaving Certificate.

The development followed Ohaini’s (who currently serves in an acting capacity) appearance before the Senator Adamu Aliero-led Senate Committee on Works for screening in line with provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

While the lawmakers were satisfied with his other credentials, the Committee was uncomfortable with his opening statement that he did not finish his primary school education but wrote and passed examination into the secondary school in primary 5.

Consequently, the Senate requested that he supplies documentary evidence of his primary school education before his appointment.

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Reps direct committee to appropriate N35.403bn liability incurred by Nigerian Air Force

The House of Representatives has on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Appropriations to include the sum of N35.403 billion in the 2023 budget as the liability of the Federal Government on behalf of Nigerian Air Force Properties Limited.

The resolution followed the adoption of recommendations by the Committees on Air Force and Justice, chaired by Shehu Mohammed Koko, and considered during the Committee of the Whole chaired by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase.

They stressed that the amount was for paying off total investments made by Blue Boulevard Nigeria Limited for work done in the construction of a Shopping Mall located at NAF Base Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The lawmakers thus urged the Federal Government to acquire the liability on behalf of the Nigerian Air Force and its Establishment, as a result of the collapse of agreements between the parties which ought to end in 2032.

READ ALSO: Reps praise Airforce Chief during oversight

Reps mull plans to pass Peace Corps Bill

The House of Representatives says it is commencing moves to concur with the Senate in passing the Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps amid raging insecurity in public and private schools in the country.

House Leader, Ado Doguwa, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the Corps in Abuja, noted that the proposed legislation will check the increasing cases of insecurity affecting the institutions, and help in reducing the unemployment rate in the country.

Stressing that the bill would come to the floor of the House in his name, he added that since it had been passed in the Senate, there would be an automatic passage at the House.

READ ALSO: 4 years after Buhari’s rejection, Senate passes controversial Peace Corps Bill


Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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