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The House of Representatives has concluded voting on 33 major bills to amend several parts of the Nigerian constitution. The House decision on the bills follows the vote by the Senate on them on Wednesday. During their vote on Thursday, the House of Reps members joined their Senate colleagues to support the #NotTooYoungToRun bill that reduces the age qualification to run for major elective offices. An aide to Speaker Yakubu Dogara said the speaker helped to rally colleagues to approve that bill. “This bill is in the interest of the youth which we must empower because if we empower them we are empowering the future generation,” Mr. Dogara was quoted as saying by Turaki Hassan. Other highlights of Thursdays votes are that the House disagreed with the Senate on come crucial matters such as retaining state independent electoral commissions (which the Senate wants scrapped) and devolution of powers to the states which the Senate rejected. See the full details of how the House voted on each of the 33 bills, as provided by Mr. Hassan, below #ConstitutionReview Bill 1: Members of the Council of States To Include former Senate President & House of Reps Speakers as members. Yes – 274 No – 6 Abstain – 2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 2: Reduction of Authorization of expenditure Before Budget Passage from 6 to 3 months Yes: 295 No: 0 Abstain: 0 #ConstitutionReview Bill 3: Devolution of Powers to States Yes: 210 No: 71 Abstain: 0 #ConstitutionReview Bill 4: Financial Autonomy for State Legislature. Yes: 286 No: 10 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 5: Financial Autonomy to LGAs Yes: 291 No: 12 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 6: Democratic Existence Funding and Tenure of LGAs Yes: 285 No: 7 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 7: State creation and boundary adjustment Yes: 166 No: 125 Abstain: 3 #ConstitutionReview Bill 8: Immunity for legislators for Words Spoken in Chamber or in Committee Meetings in Course of Duty Yes: 288 No: 10 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 9: Political Parties and Electoral Matters: Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to deregister parties Yes: 293 No: 2 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 10: Presidential Assent To Constitution Amendment Bill Yes: 248 No: 28 Abstain: 4 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11: Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11b: Submission of Ministerial Nominees with their Portfolios Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11c: 35% affirmative action for women as ministers Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11d: Submission of Commissioners Nominees with their Portfolios Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11e: Submission of names of office of commissioners shall be attached with portfolio Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 11f: 35% Affirmative action for women as States Commissioners Yes: 248 No: 46 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 12: Appointment of Minister from the FCT Yes: 191 No: 21 Abstain: 3 #ConstitutionReview Bill 13: Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau and Rivers. Yes: 220 No: 57 Abstain: 8 #ConstitutionReview Bill 14: Independent Candidacy Yes: 275 No: 14 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 15: The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police Yes: 280 No: 9 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 16: Restriction of the Tenure of Presidents and Governors Yes:292 No: 3 Abstain: 3 #ConstitutionReview Bill17: Separation of office of Accountant General of the Federal Government from Accountant General of the Federation Yes:274 No: 23 Abstain: 2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 18: Financial Independence for Office of Auditor of Federation/State Yes: 289 No: 11 Abstain: 0 #ConstitutionReview Bill 19: Separation of Office of the Attorney General of the Federation/State from the office of Minister/Commissioner of Justice Yes: 234 No: 58 Abstain: 3 #ConstitutionReview Bill 20: Submissions from the Judiciary Yes: 265 No: 6 Abstain: 7 #ConstitutionReview Bill 21: Determination of pre-election matters. Yes: 288 No: 3 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 22: Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence Yes: 293 No: 2 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 23: Citizenship and indigenship Yes: 208 No: 78 Abstain: 2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 24: Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration Yes: 271 No: 20 Abstain: 0 #ConstitutionReview Bill 25: Removal of law making power from Executive Arm. Yes: No: Abstain: Bill 25: Part (1): Removal of NYSC, National Security Agencies, Public Complaints Commission Acts from the Constitution Yes: 209 No:47 Abstain: 5 Bill 25 Part 2: Removal of Land Use Act from Constitution Yes:139 No:148 Abstain:4 #ConstitutionReview Bill 26: Investment and Securities Tribunal Yes: 270 No: 12 Abstain: 2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 27: Reduction of Age for Election Yes: 261 No: 23 Abstain: 2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 28: Authorization of expenditure time frame for laying Appropriation bill, Passage etc Yes: 252 No: 7 Abstain:2 #ConstitutionReview Bill 29: Deletion of the National Youth Service Corps decree from CFRN Yes: Rejected No: Abstain: #ConstitutionReview Bill 30: Deletion of Public Complain Act from CFRN. Yes: Rejected No: Abstain: #ConstitutionReview Bill 31: Deletion of National Security Agencies from the CFRN Yes: Rejected No: Abstain: #ConstitutionReview Bill 32: Deletion of land Use Act from CFRN Yes: Rejected No: Abstain: #ConstitutionReview Bill 33: Deletion of State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from CFRN Yes: 229 No: 51 Abstain: 1 #ConstitutionReview Bill 34: Inclusion of Section 141 of Electoral Act into the Constitution Yes:241 No:18 Abstain:1

How House of Reps voted on 33 major bills to amend Nigerian constitution (FULL DETAILS)

The House of Representatives has concluded voting on 33 major bills to amend several parts of the Nigerian constitution. The House decision on the bills follows the vote by the Senate on them on Wednesday.   During their vote on [...]

July 27, 2017 Law
Sultan of Sokoto

Sokoto kingmaker quizzed as Sultan Abubakar Sa’ad is named in N500million suspicious transaction

Crack detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday and Wednesday interrogated Kabir Tafida, the Sarkin Fada of Sokoto, who also acts as the chief of staff to Sultan Abubakar Sa’ad. Mr. Tafida was questioned over a suspicious [...]

July 27, 2017 Law
Hamid Ali

Nigeria Customs suspends controversial vehicle duty policy

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the suspension of its new policy on payment of import duties on vehicles. Customs gave car owners one month to pay duties for their vehicles — for those who had not done so– vowing [...]

March 15, 2017 Law
Human Skull Dealer Gets 6-Year Imprisonment In Ibadan

Human Skull Dealer Gets 6-Year Imprisonment In Ibadan

A human skull dealer, Mr. Saheed Musiliu, 37, has been sentenced to six years imprisonment with hard labour. The judgement was delivered at the Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Iya‎ganku, Oyo State, presided over by the Chief magistrate, Mrs. Durosaro [...]

March 7, 2017 Law

Kanu: IPOB not unlawful group – Court

Kanu now faces 5-count charge; as court quashes 6 charges against him It’s God’s handiwork — IPOB; court fixes March 20 for full-blown trial By Vincent Ujumadu, Ikechukwu Nnochiri & Dennis Agbo ABUJA –   THE Abuja Division of the [...]

March 2, 2017 Government and politics, Law

BREAKING: DSS Invades Bureau De Change Operators, Forces Dollar Down To N400.

The Muhammadu Buhari's government have ordered the officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) to clampdown on  Bureau de Change operators, a measure they drafted to force down the exchange rate of he US dollar to the Nigerian Naira. Two [...]

November 10, 2016 Economy, Finance, Government and politics, Law

Alleged N2.2bn Fraud: FG Files Charges Against S-Court Registrar, 2 Others

ABUJA—The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has filed criminal charges against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr Saleh Gambo, before an Abuja High Court. Supreme Court Gambo was charged [...]

November 4, 2016 Law

NJC Bows to Pressure, Asks Arrested Judges to Step Aside

ABUJA—The National Judicial Council, NJC, yesterday, succumbed to pressure from the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, as it agreed that all the judges being investigated over allegations of corruption should step down from the Bench pending their trial. Ngwuta, Ademola and [...]

November 4, 2016 Law
Nigerian Senate Gives INEC Dec 10 Ultimatum For Rivers Re-run Polls

Nigerian Senate Gives INEC Dec 10 Ultimatum For Rivers Re-run Polls

Rivers Re-run Polls: The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, unanimous resolved to suspend plenary if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, failed to conduct rerun elections in River State on or before December 10, 2016. The resolution followed a [...]

November 3, 2016 Law

Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Establishing North East Development Commission

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, October 20, 2016 passed a bill to establish the North East Development Commission, NEDC, to be partly funded by 3 per cent of Value Added Taxes accruable to the Federal Government. The commission is tasked [...]

October 23, 2016 Law
Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)

Accused Judges Should Show Good Examples By Stepping Aside

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) – which had earlier criticized the SSS for raiding the residences of judges accused of corruption – has asked the NJC to urge these accused judges to ‘’excuse themselves from further judicial functions’’ until their [...]

October 22, 2016 Law

BREAKING News: EFCC Arrests Femi Fani-Kayode’s 8-Month Old Son And Wife.

The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and detained Femi Fani-Kayode's wife, Patience Chikwendu and his 8-month old son, Aragon in Akure, Ekiti state. In a statement issued by the former aviation minister and chieftain of [...]

October 17, 2016 Government and politics, Law

BREAKING: DSS, Nigeria’s Secret Police, Releases Detained Judges.

The condemnation from Nigerians and the International community over the gestapo styled arrest of Nigerian judges who were reported not on President Muhammadu Buhari's government good book has yielded dividend as the under pressure Directorate of Security Services (DSS) has quietly released [...]

October 10, 2016 Government and politics, Law

Order immediate release of arrested judges or… – NBA to Buhari.

The Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA ) has declared a state of emergency in the judiciary, following Saturday’s midnight invasion and the eventual arrest of some judges, and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the affected judges or there would [...]

October 9, 2016 Government and politics, Law

Budgeting Padding: How We Shared The Budget Funds Among Us – Hon Jibrin (APC, Kano). 

“I got only N650 million as my running cost as the Chairman of Appropriation Committee in the House of Representative. ■Speaker Yakubu Dogara got N1.5 billion, ■His Deputy Yusuf Lasun got N800 million. ■House Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila got N1.2 [...]

October 3, 2016 Government and politics, Law

Return The N10m You Shared Or I Expose You. – Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin to House Members.

Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman house of representatives committee on appropriations, has issued one-week ultimatum to his colleagues who may have “illegally taken or stolen any money” to return it to the clerk of the national assembly or risk being exposed. [...]

September 30, 2016 Government and politics, Law
Gov Fayemi

Gov Fayemi Angry Over 45 Years Jail Term For Phone Thief

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State yesterday condemned the 45-year jail term handed down by an Oshogbo High Court to 31-year-old Kelvin Igha Ighodalo for stealing a phone. Fayemi wondered why a phone thief could be jailed 45 years whereas [...]

September 13, 2016 Law
Child Rape

Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Raping Three Primary School Pupils

Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Raping Three Primary School Pupils A pastor, Emmauel Mathew (50), was on Tuesday arraigned before Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court for alleged rape of three pupils in his school. Mathew, who is the [...]

September 2, 2016 Law
Plea Bargain For Corruption Cases In Nigeria

Expert Criticises Use Of Plea Bargain For Corruption Cases In Nigeria

A professor of Criminology, Femi Odekunle has said that the use of plea bargain in the Nigeria judicial system has been inappropriately applied and that it has been used for offenses committed by those with powerful social and economic status. [...]

August 30, 2016 Law
Action Congress of Nigeria

Action Congress of Nigeria Advocates Criminal Court’s Probe into Baga Massa

The Action Congress of Nigeria on Thursday said the killing of 185 people in Baga, Borno State, would constitute crimes against humanity if the Federal Government failed to prosecute the perpetrators. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai [...]

August 3, 2016 Law
Student To Die By Hanging For Robbing Colleague Of N2000

Student To Die By Hanging For Robbing Colleague Of N2,000

An Ogwashi-Uku High Court in Delta State has sentenced a 23-year old student, Aruhor Ezekiel, to death by hanging for robbing another student of N2,000 at gunpoint. The convict was arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed [...]

July 26, 2016 Law
Bauchi Sharia Court Okays Amputation

Bauchi Sharia Court Okays Amputation of Man for N13,000 Theft.

The judgement of a lower court that ordered the amputation of the arm of Abdullahi Sale for theft has been upheld by an Upper Shari’a Area Court in Bauchi State.   A lower Shari’a Court in the area had earlier convicted [...]

June 15, 2016 Law

Herdsmen Terrorism: FG Sneaks N940m Into The Budget For Grazing Reserves

The federal government has budgeted N940 million in the 2016 budget  for the development of strategic grazing reserves to stem the tide of herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country. This is contained in the breakdown of the budget by [...]

May 15, 2016 Law
Grazing Re­serve Bill

Grazing Reserve not welcome in Niger Delta – Briggs

Ann Kio Briggs is a fiery Niger Delta activist passionate about issues with regards to her people. She kicks against the Grazing Re­serve Bill, allegedly presently before the National Assembly.     Niger Delta activist, Ann Kio Briggs has described [...]

May 3, 2016 General, Law

Akwa Ibom Lawyers Drag Buhari, Saraki, Others To Court Over NDDC

  FOUR Akwa Ibom State-based legal practitioners have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, over non-appointment of an indigene of Akwa Ibom as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, after the sack [...]

April 26, 2016 Government and politics, Law, Video

Controversial evidence emerge against Danladi Umar

The CCT chairman Danladi Umar has been accused of fraud – Senator Bukola Saraki has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the CCT chairman – Saraki seeks that Mr Umar excuses himself from the Senate president’s case at the CCT – [...]

April 23, 2016 Government and politics, Law

Saraki’s Trial: Top Nigerian & International Lawyers Ask Indicted CCT Judge To Withdraw From Case.

Justice Salisu Alfa Modibo Belgore (former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice George Oguntade (CFR), former Justice of the Supreme Court; Justice Samson Odemwingie Uwaifo, former Justice of the Supreme Court; Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN; Chief Nnoruka Udechukwu SAN, Chief Mike [...]

April 23, 2016 Government and politics, Law

Saraki: My Original Sin Was Opposing Muslim/Muslim Ticket In The APC

My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and [...]

April 23, 2016 Government and politics, Law, Video
Emeka Learn the Law


  DPA is an opportunity to share information, to learn from one another. In DPA, I expect members to quickly identify potentials and resources within the group. If in the group, you are a person interested in the movies industry, [...]

April 22, 2016 Law
Saraki Case

I Should Have Jailed Saraki’s Lawyer For Challenging Me – CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar.

  Mr Danladi Umar, the indicted Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal have affirmed that he would have sent one of Bukola defense counsel, Raphael Oluyede, straight to Prison, but for the begging from some other lawyers.   The lead [...]

April 22, 2016 Government and politics, Law