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Senate threatens to Shutdown, Sanction Bet9ja [READ MORE]

Senate has on Tuesday, threatened to Shutdown popular betting venture, Bet9Ja offices if the company fails to honour its invitation for a second time.  While speaking on Tuesday, in Abuja, during the verification of Lotto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, who noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation, said, “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour your our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.” Senator Ogba who noted that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate [Read]

Senate Okays Adekoya’s Bill on Retirement Age Of Teachers

The Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers and Education Officers in Nigeria Bill, 2019 (HB. 2554) sponsored in the House of Representatives by Honourable Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid, the lawmaker representing Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency on Tuesday got the Concurrence of the Senate as it was read and passed on the floor of the Upper House. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Bill which sought to raise the retirement age of both Primary and Secondary school teachers as well as Education Officers from 60 to 65 years was laid before the senate by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and was passed after the third reading. It would be recalled that Adekoya’s [Read]

Support Lawan, Gbajabiamila Or Leave APC – Tinubu Tells Ndume, Other Lawmakers

  Newly elected APC lawmakers must tow the party line or be whipped out of the party, Bola Tinubu has said.  Mr Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, said that party discipline would be upheld in addressing the leadership tussle of the 9th National Assembly. Mr Tinubu said this while speaking with journalists in Lagos on Friday after a prayer programme organised by Islamic and Christian clerics to mark his 67th birthday. “Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to [Read]

FG may increase VAT to fund new N30,000 minimum wage [READ MORE]

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, has revealed that the Federal Government may have to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) to fund the new N30,000 minimum wage. During plenary on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Senate approved the N30,000 minimum wage which will increase the minimum wage from N18,000. While addressing the Senate Committee on Finance for an interactive session over the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/ FSP on Tuesday, Udoma said many changes will have to be made to afford the new wage structure. “The current minimum wage of N18,000 is really too low. It is difficult for workers to [Read]

Buhari To Hand-Pick Next Senate President [READ MORE]

Ovie Omo-Agege, the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, says President Muhammadu Buhari will determine the next Senate President. He also stated that the next Senate President has to be loyal to the President. According to NAN, Omo-Agege said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would work towards avoiding the issues that led to the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President. He said: “Anybody who is going to be Senate President in the 9th senate, must be somebody who is loyal to Mr. President, the party and the constitution. “The Senate President will be determined by Mr. President. Mr. President will indicate to us through the party who he wants [Read]

Senate Emergency Session: President Buhari Jittery, Planning to bribe APC Senators – Says PDP [READ MORE]

  The PDP alerts of moves by certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to bribe Senators of the APC extraction to protect the embattled President Buhari from imminent parliamentary sanctions for constitutional breaches and gross misconduct. Intelligence available to the PDP shows that this is the reason the jittery Presidency had summoned all APC senators to the Presidential Villa to a clandestine meeting on Monday night, ahead of the Senate’s resumption on Tuesday. The PDP have been informed of how the Buhari Presidency has been unsettled following national and international outcry over his constitutional breaches, particularly the assault on the judiciary in his attempt to forcefully remove the CJN, Justice [Read]

FG, APC Plot Saraki, Dogara’s Arrest Tomorrow – CUPP Alleges [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to violently take over the leadership of the National Assembly tomorrow. Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Spokesman of the CUPP and National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere said the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are both of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been marked for arrest Monday night. He said Senators Ahmed Lawan, Godswill Akpabio and Hope Uzodimma, according to the plan, would be announced “factional” Senate President, Deputy Senate [Read]

BREAKING: Senate To Reconvene Tuesday For Emergency Session, Debate Onnoghen’s Suspension [READ MORE]

  The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, NEWS FLAKES NG can authoritatively report. A source in the National Assembly disclosed that the lawmakers would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The source also confirmed that the National Assembly would hold a leadership meeting on Sunday over the matter. READ ALSO: Onnoghen’s Suspension: Buhari Has Sent A Dangerous Signal to the Entire World – Saraki [READ MORE] The Lawmakers had during Thursday’s plenary adjourned sitting until February 19, after the Presidential and National Assembly elections. But the decision to reconvene next week followed the suspension of Justice Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on [Read]

I Am Not Part of Those Who Booed Buhari – Dino Melaye breaks Silence On Current Travails [READ MORE]

  The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said,he was never part of the lawmakers that booed President Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2019 budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly in 2018. The Senator claimed he was absent at the House of Representatives chamber on that day. Since the incident, there have been reports in the social media that the booing was led by the Kogi Senator. But Melaye, in his first reaction to the social media reports, said in a statement by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Saturday evening that those that kept calling his name on the incident lied against him. [Read]

Senate Pays Dariye N85.5m Allowances in Prison [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Six months after his conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Senator Joshua Dariye is still receiving the N750, 000 salary and N13.5m monthly running cost from the National Assembly, The PUNCH can report. Investigations by our source revealed that Dariye, who represents Plateau-Central Senatorial District, was still receiving the allowances because his seat had yet to be declared vacant by the leadership of the National Assembly. Dariye, who was governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2007, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an FCT High Court for embezzling N1.162bn. He was [Read]

Mimiko backs out of presidential race, eyes Senatorial ticket

  The Zenith Labour Party Presidential candidate Olusegun Mimiko Thursday backed out of the presidential race to contest Ondo central senatorial seat in 2019. In a statement received by The Guardian, John Paul Akinduro, Mimiko’s spokesman said he announced his withdrawal from the race while meeting with the party faithful and some national leaders of the party in Ondo. “I took the decision in the ultimate interest of our party, the Zenith Labour Party,” said Mimiko. He, however, declared he would now be running for Ondo Central Senatorial district in next year’s election. The statement also revealed that the party’s candidate for Ondo Central Senatorial district, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro, has [Read]

BREAKING: Senate Asks CBN To Suspend ATM Card Maintenance Charges

  The Senate has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to look into the suspension of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) maintenance and withdrawal charges by banks. This was after a motion on “illicit and excessive charges by Nigerian banks in customers accounts” was raised by Senator Gbenga Ashafa during the plenary session on Wednesday. The lawmakers urged CBN to suspend the ATM card maintenance charges being deducted from customers accounts, just as they called on the CBN to instruct the commercial banks to configure their machines to extend to N40,000 per withdrawal, pending the outcome of the investigation by the committees. [Read]

Drama, rowdy session in Senate over sitting arrangement as Saraki stops Akpabio

  ABUJA- FOR more than twenty- five minutes Wednesday, the Senate plenary was held amidst rowdiness over sitting arrangement. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that trouble started when the former Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom North West called for recognition to speak, but the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki refused him on the grounds that he cannot speak, using another Senator’s microphone to speak. According to Saraki, Akpabio can also not speak from a seat where there was no Microphone. Akpabio stood up to speak shortly after the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Akwa Ibom North [Read]

BREAKING: Peaceful Protest turns Violent as Bukola Saraki, Uche Secondus, Dino Melaye, Others, reportedly Attacked With Teargas

Emerging external reports reaching NEWS FLAKES NG, indicates that six Presidential Aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, alongside the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, were teargassed by men suspected to be the Nigeria Police, during a peaceful protest against the partiality of the nation’s Electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Police. The protesters, which included PDP Presidential Aspirants, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; and Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed; had left the INEC Headquarters, and were approaching the Police Headquarters on a peaceful protest, where they were met with Police [Read]

Tinubu’s Wife To Return To Senate For 3rd Term

  Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, on Thursday urged members of All Progressives Congress ( APC) to unite ahead of the 2019 general elections. Tinubu made the call at the Eti-Osa Ward E, located at Oyinkan Abayomi drive in Ikoyi area of Lagos where she participated in the Senatorial and House of Representatives primaries in the state. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Sen. Oluremi Tinubu was decleared unopposed in the list of aspirants released by the National Working Committee of the APC and signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena. Tinubu, who represented the district two times at the Senate, was being returned for a third [Read]