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Sen. Suswan reveal why NASS halt tariff increment

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Senator Gabriel Suswan (PDP-Benue) says the National Assembly has directed the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) not to increase electricity tariff because of the current economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Suswan, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, made the disclosure in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the increase in the tariff had to stop for now even when it was obvious that an increase, given the provision of necessary distribution infrastructure in the electricity market, would help the sector to be solvent.

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Suswan noted that an increase in electricity tariff in this period would worsen the economic hardship faced by Nigerians, hence the intervention of the National Assembly to prevail on the DisCos to suspend the increase until the first quarter of 2021.

“Under a normal situation, an increase in tariff increase will help the operators to meet their remittances 100 per cent, and the government will not need to subsidize.

“Now governments all over the globe are giving palliatives to their citizens; in America, for instance, most of the people who fought for palliatives for not being employed receive some stipends weekly.

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“Now, here we have people who are unable to feed family because of the COVID-19 pandemic and DisCos is saying it will increase tariff at the same time; we are saying yes, reflective cost tariff is the way to go because we need the sector to be solvent, but the timing is not auspicious.

He also explained that the government had also reduced the petrol pump price because it did not want to increase the burden on Nigerians, observing that it would not make sense if DisCos increased electricity tariff.

“In the interim, the government will continue to subsidize petrol pump prices because that is the responsibility of the government, no government will want a situation where their citizens would be overburdened with prices of goods.

“So, that was why we stepped in and good enough with the decision we took, the president has agreed with us and said they should not activate the increase until certain things are in place,” he explained.`


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Lagos Senator ‘Kick The Bucket’ @ 64

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Senator Bayo Osinowo, the lawmaker representing Lagos East senatorial district is dead.

A close source to the late senator confirmed the news on Monday.

According to him, Senator Osinowo died in the morning at the age of 64 after a brief illness.

He was a four-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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The late lawmaker was elected into the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on February 23, during the last general elections.

Until his death, he served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Investment.


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[Nigeria] Dino Melaye Finally Speaks on his Engagement with Iyabo Ojo.

…blast rumor mongers – says I for don release one hit for all the onisokuso

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Following the rumours about Senator Dino Melaye’s engagement to Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, the controversial senator has come out to clear the air.

NobleReporters reported hours ago that Dino and Iyabo got engaged late last year when she added the ‘olori’ title to her Instagram profile page and have concluded plans on their upcoming wedding spearheaded by Canada based actress Lola Alao who brought them together.

Well, Dino Melaye, he debunked the rumour that he is engaged to Iyabo Ojo. According to the senator, bloggers who came up with the engagement story needed a name to sell their story, which is why they came up with such story. He added saying he can never have a secret engagement.

Dino however promised to release a ‘single’ about the rumours about him flying around.

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He wrote on Instagram;

“Ohun to ba wu elenu lo le fi enu soo..efi won sile..eje kan ma so loo…

Meaning people can decide to they whatever with their mouth


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[Nigeria] Dino Melaye file suit against infectious diseases bill.

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Former senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has filed a lawsuit at a Federal High Court in Abuja against the infectious diseases bill titled ‘Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020’,

Defendants in the suit are Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, among others.

The bill which was sponsored by Gbajabiamila and his colleagues, Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, seeks to empower the Federal Government to convert any property in the country, including private properties, to isolation centres.

According to them, the proposed law is designed to prevent the spread of a possible outbreak of infectious diseases but members of the House protested that they were not served copies of the bill while it was read at plenary on Tuesday before it hurriedly passed first and second readings on the same day.

There were also accusations that the sponsors largely plagiarised a similar law on disease control by Singapore.

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Melaye, in a tweet on Monday, stated that he had taken legal action against Gbajabiamila and others.

He said, “I have just filed a court action against the Speaker and House of Representatives on the wicked bill initiated by Hon Femi Gbajabiamila this morning at the Federal High Court Abuja. We shall overcome.”

The document with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020, which was shared by Melaye’s Twitter account, listed the defendants as Gbajabiamila; Malami; Adamu; the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori; the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Patrick Giwa.

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The notice of application was filed “in the matter of an application by Senator Dino Melaye for an order for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to the dignity of his person, personal liberty, right to private and family life, right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property in Nigeria.”

It stated that the “notice of application for an order enforcing fundamental rights (is) brought pursuant to Sections 34 (1), 35 37, 38, 40, 41 (1), 44, and 46 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered; (and) Articles 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”


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Nigerian sport minister mourn death of senator.


Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has described the death of Senator Robert Koleosho as very sad, shocking, and a huge loss to Nigeria at large and Oyo state in particular.

According to Dare ”I received the news of the death of Senator Koleosho with deep shock and sadness.


He was not just a politician, he was devotedly committed to the peace, unity and development of Oyo State and Nigeria in general. He served Oyo state and the people with all his heart.

He was a rear breed politician of repute who built bridges across the length and breath of the political landscape.


His death is not only untimely, but has left a huge vacuum in the political space in his constituency, Oyo State and Nigeria in general. His immense contributions to the social, political and economic growth of Oyo state can never be forgotten.

My prayer is that God will console his family, Oyo State, his friends and associates and Nigeria in general. May his soul rest in perfect peace” Dare declared.


Senator Koleosho who hailed from Saki represented Oyo North Senatorial District in the Senate between 2003-2007.

He reportedly died at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital, UCH, on Thursday where he was hospitalized since January.

Senator Koleosho is elder brother to Chief Micheal Koleosho who served as Secretary to the Oyo State Government under Governor Lam Adesina.


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Useni – It’s strange to hear PMB’s chief of staff summon service chiefs.


Senator Jeremiah Useni, a retired Lieutenant General, was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja during the regime of the late Gen. Sani Abacha-led military junta. The 77-year-old politician who contested the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State speaks on a number of issues


You contested the 2019 governorship poll in Plateau State and pursued your case from tribunal to the Supreme Court, but lost. What is the next step now?

There is nowhere to go again. The Supreme Court is the highest court of the land. So, what do you mean by what next again?

We have heard some people going back to the Supreme Court asking for the review of their cases. Are you also considering that line of action?


That thought never crossed my mind. But you are aware that those who went back never succeeded in getting what they were asking to encourage others to do the same.

The Supreme Court threw away that of Bayelsa State review request by the All Progressives Congress and that of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State by maintaining its earlier judgements.

So, I can’t just join the band wagon because people are going there. What I believe is that only God knows if the judgement of the Supreme Court in my governorship petition is right or not. But the fact remains that it is the highest court of the land.


Have you given up on your governorship ambition or do you still want to govern the state?


It takes four years before another election. So, I’m still looking at the situation whether there were mistakes on my part, on the part of my party, individuals or the judiciary and ensure that one can guide against it. So, my priority is not that I must be governor.

You have been minister and a senator after a successful career in the military, yet you want to be a governor. People are wondering what you really left undone in your previous positions.

In the military, you have restrictions. No matter the good intentions you might have, you have to be very careful as a military man. You can’t even make a political statement. You cannot climb the podium and address the people. But as a politician, the door is open. As long as the statement is not against the government or such that it will be taken as a security threat. And of course, as a politician, you move freely with the people and sympathise with them when necessary and be able to explain to the people why certain things happen or why certain things cannot be done.

I was close to the late (Gen Sani) Abacha and people thought I would be implicated one way or the other and jailed but they never knew that my friendship with the former Head of State had nothing to do with corrupt enrichment of self because I did not care about what he did. I was only doing my job. When I was military Governor of Benue State, I would stop people sweeping my office by 7:00 am. I told them to come by 6am if they actually wanted to sweep my office because I had no time for such dereliction of duty.


As a former military officer, are you not worried about the security situation in the country?


Of course, I am concerned. Some people have told me that they heard that I am close to Mr President, Major General Muhamadu Buhari(retd.) and I said yes. They now wondered why insecurity has continued to plague the country. And I said should my friendship with the President stop insecurity? Am I in the same party with him? My friendship with him has nothing to do with security. He is a different person just as I am. But I won’t go on air and tell people to stop accusing him of not doing enough to address the problem of insecurity. If he does something wrong, you are free to accuse him. My friendship with Mr President also has nothing to do with politics. Some people will come and say, “he is your friend. Why not let him speak to those (judges) people to make you governor”. And I said, we are not running a military government where the Head of State picks and appoints people as governors. Those who will occupy those positions are determined by politics and if the judiciary is to do its job or anybody to convince them to do otherwise, definitely, it is not Mr President.


A lot of people including members of the National Assembly have called for the removal of the service chiefs. Do you consider this as a solution to the problem?


In the military, there is a period you are to serve as a service chief and then, you will be asked to go, whether there is insecurity or not. To me, that is what people should look at. Some people are talking as if there is no insecurity in the country, they will remain there for life. No. You cannot have a service chief staying for four or five years. If you are complaining of that, I can understand that. But Mr President has a reason for doing so because their appointment is at the discretion of Mr President. He can appoint them today and even sack them within one week as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


What is the way forward in addressing Nigeria’s security challenge?


I am not saying that sacking them is not the solution. The point I am making is that, what is the guarantee that the ones you are bringing on board will be better than the ones you are sacking? What I am saying is that, what people are complaining about should be whether the service chiefs should be in office either for three or four years, but they have spent more than that. And that they are not happy about their continued stay in office. You can talk about it from the laws and asked why they are still being kept in office against the laws of the land.

I have discussed with friends what can be done to address the security challenges facing the country. The truth is that the challenge is diverse. First, what are we doing as Nigerians? We see a situation where brothers kill themselves and husbands or wives kill their partners and yet, they are supposed to be in love. Why the fight? When I went round, the teachers’ union told me they had about 2,000 qualified teachers who were jobless because the state government refused to employ them. They also told me that the state had over 2,000 unqualified teachers in the system. When I heard the information, I considered it abnormal and I quickly summoned the relevant persons in the ministry to find out if it was true. And when they confirmed it, I told them to get those unqualified teachers out of the system the next day and replace them with the qualified ones. The instruction was carried out without delay and the next day, the same teachers association came out to demonstrate that I sacked people from work. I was surprised because they were the same people who wrote petitions demanding that I do something about the abnormally which I did. So, what I did was to join them in the protests and they started laughing and went away quietly. But that is how we ended up doing the right thing and ensured that only qualified teachers were allowed in the system.


What do you think Mr President can do to make the fight against corruption more effective?


I am not Mr President and I can’t say I know the problem he is facing, but all I know is that to get to the old wood, you have to first remove the new ones on top of it. What I mean is that so many new corrupt people are committing so many offences and the old ones they took over from are still there.


So, how do you get rid of the old ones without getting rid of the new ones first?


So, you can’t get the old wood when the new ones are on top, except you are in a position to clear them at the same time otherwise you must have to remove the new ones first. But what we find in the fight against corruption is a situation where, in trying to get the old ones, the new corrupt people are building up. That is the problem. But as a person, I think Mr President is doing his best but he is not working alone. He has somebody who will do the work and then you refuse people advising you and work with bad advisers. So, you take the blame yourself. And if you have people who swore to do the proper thing and they turn round to be giving you wrong information, then what do you do? Even within the Presidency, look at the ongoing fight between the Chief of Staff to the President and the National Security Adviser? I wouldn’t believe that it is Mr President who gave the instruction that his Chief of Staff should be giving instructions to the National Security Adviser. But the National Security Adviser is complaining that the man is trying to give him instructions. I think there is a modicum of insecurity in what is happening there. So, it is left for the President to determine whether what he is saying is correct or not. If he was told to reduce work for Mr President or Mr President said If you want to see me, see so, so, person. It is left for the people to complain if they have any issue with him but for the Chief of Staff to the President to just summon service chiefs, I never heard of it before.


The infighting between the Chief of Staff and the National Security Adviser, among other happenings in the country and the seeming helplessness of Mr President suggest that Buhari is not in charge of the country’s affairs. Do you agree that this is true?


People can interpret this thing anyhow. I think somebody is just taking advantage of his closeness to the President to do certain things that are not right and I give you an example. Someone came here and told me he was told not to come in and see me. When I asked him the reason, he said they said it was an instruction from my son. When my son came, I asked him why he is stopping people from seeing me. I told him and the other children that If you think that this person I am seeing is not good, then you should tell me and it is left for me to take a decision on that but you don’t stop people from seeing me. But if such information doesn’t come to me and they went about telling people, they will think I was the one who actually gave the instruction.


Which section of the country would you like to produce the President in 2023?


The direction of politics is unpredictable sometimes. People will tell you that there is permanent interest in politics, but for some years, Nigerian presidency has been swinging between the North and South. But as time went by, people were not talking about these two political divisions again. Instead, they started talking about allowing each of the six geopolitical zones to be given a slot for the presidency. And the separate agitations by each of them comprising the South-East, South-South and South-West on one hand and North-East, North -West and North-Central, on the other hand, is causing confusion in the polity. Now if they say South-West, some people will say it has had its own turn at the presidency. If they say South-South, some would ask whether former president Goodluck Jonathan is not from that region. Now, if you say South-East, the name of Nnamdi Azikiwe will come up. So, we have to agree on the method or we go by tribe as the case may be. But people will always say what suit them. But left for me, the presidency should be rotated between the North and the South. And if the President is a Muslim, the Vice President should be a Christian and if the President is a Christian, the Vice President should be a Muslim. That is what I believe will help the country and its people.


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Just in: Orji Uzor Kalu preaches in prison.

pray over COVID-19


The convicted Senator representing Abia-North Senatorial Zone, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has asked Nigerians not to give up in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the world.

He made this known in a press release by his Media Aide, Maduka Okoro, on Tuesday morning. Orji expressed his ultimate and abiding faith in God, saying that COVID-19 will eventually be a thing of the past.


He asked that this difficult and challenging period does not call only for solemn reflections, but for all well-meaning Abia-North sons and daughters, despite the socio-political differences, to collectively work together to fight the scary scourge that is very devastating.

Kalu said, “We must come together as a nation and people to seek the face of the Almighty God, so that His GRACE and Mercy will shine upon us all. I am constantly praying for the people of my constituency and will continue to work tirelessly, bearing the cross in these trying times.

“I urge you all not to relent but to keep hope alive, for soon and very soon the light of Hope will shine at the end of the tunnel by God’s infinite Grace”.

“May God continue to bless Ndi-Abia North and our dear Country Nigeria,” the ex-Abia governor added.


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COVID-19: I test negative despite meeting with Abba Kyari – Sen. Mamora


The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, says he has tested negative for coronavirus.

Mamora said this in a text message sent to newsmen on Thursday.


He admitted that he came in contact with at least one person who tested positive for the virus.

The minister, however, did not disclose the identity of the person he came in contact with.


Mamora said, “Following my contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, I went into self-isolation. Testing was carried out on me yesterday (Wednesday) and the result came back negative this morning (Thursday).”

Newsmen report that many ministers have gone into self-isolation since reports emerged that the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and three of his aides tested positive for coronavirus.

Kyari also attended the Federal Executive Council meeting last week as well as meetings with All Progressives Congress’ governors.


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Update: Sen. Abbo donate $1000 to Nollywood.

420,000 when converted at the rate of 420


Days after being called out and told not to serve as Nollywood ambassador, a video has surfaced showing the moment controversial Senator Elijah Abbo donated the sum of One thousand dollars to local movie industry, Nollywood.

Recall with NobleReporters that veteran actors like Hilda Dokubo and Kate Henshaw had asked for him to be removed as the patron of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), due to the reported ‘slap’ he landed on a lady in an Abuja sex-toy shop some months ago.

Sen. Elisha Abbo seems unconcerned as he made the donation of $1000 (Which is about 420,000 when converted at the rate of 420 per dollar) to Nollywood.


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Breaking: Ben Murray-Bruce’s wife dies from cancer.


Former Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray-Bruce, has just lost his wife of 41 years to cancer.

NobleReporters gathered that he lost his wife whom he described as his best friend of 43-years-old to cancer.


Confirming this, Murray-Bruce took to his twitter page to announce the sad news.

He tweeted,

“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 early detection and treatment are key to survival. I miss her so so much. I’m broken.

“Our children are devastated, I am too. But I have to be strong for them. Please put our family in your prayers. Like the sun, my wife was a blessing and touched the lives of everyone she met.

“Though she’s gone, she’d remain alive in our hearts forever.”


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Court ignores ifeanyi ubah sack case, affirm him as senator.


The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra south senatorial district.

Stephen Adah, the appellate court justice, held that the judgment of the lower court which sacked Ubah as senator is a nullity.


Bello Kawu, judge of a federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Kubwa, had voided Ubah’s election on April 11, 2019 on the grounds that he presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to INEC.

After hearing the case afresh, the high court still affirmed its previous judgment on January 17, 2020, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ubah and to issue a fresh certificate to Obinna Uzoh, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator-elect of the district.


But Ubah contended that he was not given fair hearing.

Ubah through his counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, argued that as of the time the judgment in suit No: FCT/HC/CV/3044/2018 was delivered, the suit was not properly filed before the court and that consequently, “the entire proceedings and the judgment emanating therefrom are manifestly incompetent being a nullity”.


Another issue raised was that the originating summons was not signed by any counsel as required by law.

Delivering the judgment, Adah held that the law makes it mandatory for a legal practitioner to sign an originating summons before it is issued out.


He said: “A document that is not signed is a worthless piece of paper and has no credibility.”

He also agreed that the right of the appellant to fair hearing was breached by the trial court.

“Right to fair hearing is very fundamental and anything done afterwards results to a nullity,” he said.

“The judgment of the lower court is a nullity and is hereby set aside.”


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Sen. Abbo’s saga: AGN calls for emergency meeting.


Days after Kate Henshaw, Hilda Dokubo and some other agitated movie icons kicked against the decision of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, to select Senator Elisha Abbo as a patron of the guild, the President of the guild, Emeka Rollas has called for an emergency meeting.

According to the information passed by the Guild’s Public Relation Officer, Monalisa Chinda, “AGN has heard the voices of the actors and willing to engage in a dialogue”


“WE HEARD YOUR VOICES OF CONCERN
This is a special appeal to our teeming members, fans and associates that the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN is mindful of the feelings of some members with regards to the the choice of Senator Ishaku Abbo as National Patron , North East Zone of AGN.In view of this, the National President , Mr Emeka Rollas Ejezieh, has called for a general meeting of stakeholders on Monday 23/03/2020 at Natives Restaurant and Lounge, Ojo Ologbun Close , off Idejo street , Victoria Island Lagos. Time: 11am. The object of this meeting is essentially to tackle this issue and other relevant matters relating to the AGN and its quest to improve the welfare of members.

“However , a committee has been set up to look immediately into the complaints and indeed grievances of members and make urgent recommendations to the National Executive Committee for immediate action.We urge our teeming members and in particular those that have expressed strong reservations about this subject in issue to please desist from further comments on social media and join other stakeholders at a professional table of brotherhood on Monday as we collectively engage in a dialogue of hope, unity and harmony in our AGN .

God bless AGN ! God bless Nigeria !Monalisa Chinda Coker
PRO National,” she wrote.


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Why we choose Sen. Abbo as AGN patron – President, Rollas open up.


Senator Elisha Abbo’s appointment as one of the Patrons of Actors Guild of Nigeria has been defended by its President Emeka Rollas.

Rollas has defended the association’s decision, in response to criticisms by some popular Nollywood key players.


Actress Hilda Dokubo kicked against it, recalling how the lawmaker was spotted in a video assaulting a nursing mother in a sex toy shop.

Dokubo stated that making an “abuser of women a Patron of Actors Guild of Nigeria is an unpardonable abuse”.


Another Nollywood great, Kate Henshaw called out Rollas over the appointment.

Emeka Rollas, stated that since the Senator had come out to apologise for slapping a woman, there is no need to bring up the issue again.

He also added that some of the celebs who are coming out to bash the decision are not even actual members of the guild.


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Presidency react as Dokubo reject Elisha Abbo as AGN patron – says..


Emeka Rollas, president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), has responded to Hilda Dokubo’s recent criticism over the appointment of Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north, as patron of the body.

NobleReporters had reported how the veteran actress condemned the lawmaker’s appointment.


Abbo had attracted negative attention after he was captured in a video beating a female attendant at a sex shop in Abuja in May 2019.

Recall with NobleReporters that Actress Kate Henshaw also reject senator Abbo’s appointment as AGN patron.

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Actress Kate Henshaw reject Sen. Abbo as AGN patron – says ‘we don’t want to be slapped’.

Dokubo, who described the legislator as a “abuser of women”, had called for the immediate withdrawal of his appointment.

But reacting to Dokubo’s criticism while speaking with Plus TV Africa, Rollas defended the guild’s decision while saying such comments were mere attempt to sentimentalize the issue.


The AGN president added that it would be unfair for people to see the lawmaker in a bad light even after he had apologised for his action.

Asked if he didn’t watch the video of Abbo slapping the lady, he replied: “You saw the slap, did you also see the apology.”


When further asked if such apology was enough, he said: “It doesn’t count. What you should be asking here is that did he come out to apologise? Yes, he did.

“Did the woman involved said she didn’t accept the apology in all of these that we are saying. When I mentioned morality and legality, you ask of who is holier than senator Abbo?.


“There was a committee set up in the senate on this same matter and the committee did not convict him. Is the Actors Guild of Nigeria a body to be used to do all of these? People should just go and sit down, there’s no point sentimentalising issues maybe just to drive a point.


“We know the stage where people who are fighting for human rights operate, not within the confines where AGN revolves. I don’t want to begin to mention names but if we begin to dig into people’s personal lives, those who raised the issue may not even stand the morality test, but I don’t want to go that way.”

He also wondered why the actress would decide to take the issue to social media when she could have drawn the attention of the AGN for dialogue.

“When you go on social media to raise an issue that should addressed inhouse, I don’t know whom you are trying to impress,” he added.

“Unfortunately, for whoever that is shouting is that decisions of an organisation or association is not what you get on social media.”


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Actress Kate Henshaw reject Sen. Abbo as AGN patron – says ‘we don’t want to be slapped’.


Nollywood Actress, Kate Henshaw has called out the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Emeka Rollas for appointing Senator Elisha Abbo as patron of the association.

The Adamawa lawmaker who was spotted in a viral video last year, assaulting a nursing mother in a sex toy shop has reportedly been appointed as the Patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

Reacting bitterly to the appointment Henshaw on her Twitter page said the lawmaker was not worthy to be a patron of AGN.

She stated that there are women in the guild, and they don’t want to be slapped.

Kate Henshaw wrote,

”Emeka Rollas, I cannot find your handle on Twitter. My name is Kate Henshaw and I do not mince words when I say @AbboElisha is NOT worthy to be a patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

”We have women in this guild, and we do not want to be slapped.”


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Nigerians react as Dino Melaye drop his first movie role in Nollywood. {Photos}


Senator Dino Melaye announced that he has joined Nollywood and presently on the set of a new movie titled, Silent Prejudice; it was met with mixed reactions.

Most of his followers were shocked that the Senator would actually join Nollywood in the real sense of it, while others excitedly said that they saw it coming and can’t wait to see the movie when it’s out.


It would be recalled that last year, the controversial Senator released a song against the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Melaye sang the song himself and it is titled” ‘Kogi Koya… Kogi ko Bello, this was after his hit song, Ajekuiya went viral in 2019


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Bayelsa: APC demand senator Deigi’s resignation from Senate.

says, senator Deigi must resign


A Bayelsa State political group has called for the immediate Resignation of the Senator Representing Bayelsa East in the Nigerian Senate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

David Lyon and Degi were both sacked a day to their inauguration by the Apex Court as governor and deputy governor respectively over certificate forgery by the Senator.


A member of the Group, Dr. John Idumange who made this known via a post on the Group’s Facebook Page, called on the Senator to resign.


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Nigerians call out National Assembly over ‘Generators ban bill’. {Reactions}


Nigerians have begun to call out their representatives at the National Assembly following the introduction of a bill to ban the sale and use of generators.

The bill titled “a bill for an Act to prohibit/ban the importation of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental (air) pollution and to facilitate the development of the power sector” passed First Reading at the Senate on Wednesday.


Sen. Bima Enagi (APC – Niger South) sponsored the bill, which prescribes a 10-year jail term for anyone caught selling generators.

According to the sponsor, the bill when passed will stop “the use of electricity generating sets which run on diesel/petrol/kerosene of all capacities with immediate effect, in the country.”


It will also ban the “importation and use of generating sets (generators) in the country and to curb the menace of environmental pollution which leads to potential health hazards it poses to the whole nation”.

However, the ban shall not include generator sets used for essential services such as medical purposes, airports, railway stations, elevators, escalators, research institutions, and facilities that require a 24-hour power supply.

“Approval for exclusion shall, however, be obtained from the Minister in charge of Power, who shall brief the Federal Executive Council quarterly on approvals granted,” the supporting document read in part.

However, many Nigerians who took to social media queried how a country with an unstable power supply would be able to sustain the ban on generators in residential areas, which the bill appears to target.

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You must be insane – FFK blast senator behind Generator ban bill.


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed Senator Bima Enagi who is sponsoring the bill for the ban of Generators in Nigeria.

Remember NobleReporters reported yesterday that the bill passed its first reading on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.

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The chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party taking to his Twitter handle to react to the bill, he wrote:

“The Senator that sponsored the Bill to ban generators in Nigeria & send those that sell or use them to jail must be insane. He ought to be tied up, placed in a straight jacket, put in a strong sack filled with weights & dropped in the deepest & darkest part of the Atlantic Ocean.”


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Most state governors don’t tolerate critics – Shehu Sani.


Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has pointed out that most State Governors in Nigeria don’t tolerate criticisms.

In a new post, Sani expressed that Governor Ganduje’s intolerance of criticisms is peculiar to almost all State Governors in Nigeria.


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Keep Borders Shut – Senator Walid Jibrin


Life Patron of Nigerian Textiles Manufacturers Association (NTMA), Senator Walid Jibrin has said that the partial closure of the nation’s land borders by the Federal government can ensure revival of some moribund textiles industries in Nigeria and keep the surviving ones afloat.

Senator Jibrin who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) urged the Federal government to keep the borders closed because it helps in frustrating smuggling of foreign textiles products into the country.

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In a chat with journalists shortly after the Annual General Meeting of NTMA in Kaduna, where he was unanimously elected as the Life Patron, Jibrin who is the Sarkin Fulani of Nasarawa said he has put in over 45 years in textiles Industry.


He said, “During my acceptance speech I thanked all Members for the confidence they have on me to elect me to this highest position in the Textiles Industry regretting that the Industry that was proud of employing over 300,000 workers with 175 Textiles Industries in existence in the 80s has in its employment now less than 30,000 employees with surviving Industries of only 30.

“While congratulating the Federal Government for turning attention to the textiles Industry especially in the areas of trying to curve smuggling by introducing policies aimed towards reviving the Industry, the Textiles Industry welcomes the closure of Nigerian Borders which has tremendously reduced the rate of smuggling of Textiles Fabrics to Nigeria.


He said, “We want the border closure to remain because smuggling of foreign textiles fabrics into our country is not good for the revival of the industry in Nigeria.

“The Textile Industry is also in dare need of adequate electricity to aid its production as against the use of 70%
generator as against 30% PHCN usage.


“The Industry also appreciate the Government through the CBN for giving support to Cotton Production and Textile Industry to produce made in Nigeria uniforms for the Armed Forces, Immigration, Customs, and Prison.

“The Bank of Industries has done very well in giving loans to the Industry.
Once the Industry is revived there is guarantee for adequate employment in Nigeria”. He said.

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Recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja said the issue of partial closure of Nigeria’s land border to goods from neighbouring countries will be determined by report of tripartite committee made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic.

President Buhari, who received President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at the Presidential Villa, said Nigeria’s decision to partially close the borders was purely to safeguard national security.


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Dino melaye replies speed darlington’s critics


Politician, Dino Melaye released a statement on Instagram on Sunday, to address recent criticism by Speed Darlington, who called him out for blowing through tons of money on exotic cars while living the rich politician lifestyle.


Recall that about two weeks ago, Speed Darlington reacted to the senator’s post on Instagram of him smiling behind his fleet of expensive cars.

Dino has now reacted to the criticism in a post he shared on his Instagram page. He said while homosexuals spend so much money on same sex, occults buy blood for any amount, other people hide money in Switzerland, he loves to use his money for his passion which is to collect automobiles.

He wrote;

Everyone spend his/her money on what he or she likes.My passion is to collect automobiles. Occults can buy blood for any amount, homosexuals spend so much on same sex,some on babalawos,some hide thier money in Switzerland while some bury ego under the ground & some spend on cocaine. All man go do what makes him/her happy. Me am happy i no even know say you dey vex. Kuro lona jare

Senator Dino MELAYE


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