Tinubu, Oluremi Test Negative For COVID-19

The couple took the test after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed that Tinubu’s security aide tested positive for COVID-19.



The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and his wife, Senator Oluremi, have tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was revealed in a statement from his media office on Monday and signed by the former governor’s media aide, Tunde Rahman.

Rahman explained that the couple took the test after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Tinubu’s security aide tested positive for the disease.

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“Following the death of our well-respected and beloved Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem, NCDC medics took the wise precaution of taking samples from his body for testing to actually determine the cause of death.

“Today (Monday), the test results are back. The samples tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read.

It added, “As a precautionary measure taken soon after the death of Alhaji Raheem, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and all their aides took COVID-19 tests Saturday, April 25.

“The results of the tests were returned this (Monday) morning. Test results for both Asiwaju and Senator Tinubu were negative.”

Rahman, however, revealed that the test result of one of the aides was positive while the rest of the staff tested negative for COVID-19.

He noted that the infected aide has been isolated while the health officials have begun contact-tracing and conducting tests for the patient’s relatives and possible contacts.

Read the full statement below:

COVID-19 is a real and present threat. Those of us who discount it or claim it is a fabrication do a grave and dangerous disservice to the public well-being.

Likewise, those who stigmatise people who may have been stricken by the virus also do a disservice by casting blame on the innocent and discouraging people from taking the COVID test.

We cannot defeat this health menace through ignorance or by shaming one another.

We can only beat it through transparency, knowledge, and compassion. This, we have learned first-hand.

Following the death of our well-respected and beloved Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem, NCDC medics took the wise precaution of taking samples from his body for testing to actually determine the cause of death.

Today, the test results are back. The samples tested positive for COVID-19.

As a precautionary measure taken soon after the death of Alhaji Raheem, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and all their aides took COVID-19 tests Saturday, April 25. The results of the tests were returned this morning.

Test results for both Asiwaju and Senator Tinubu were negative.

The results of one aide were positive. The rest of the staff was negative. The one staff member has been isolated in accordance with NCDC guidelines.

Further contact tracing and COVID-19 tests are being conducted by the NCDC with regard to the relatives and possible contacts of that staff member.

Asiwaju has stressed that openness and transparency must be observed if we are to defeat this disease.

There is no house immune to its entry. Contracting the virus should not bring social or moral stigma any more than contracting malaria or a common cold.

We cannot overcome this challenge by acting like it does not exist or by trying to conceal that someone may have it due to social shame.

The culture of denial is counterproductive and will do great harm in our current situation.

Asiwaju asks that you not be afraid to be tested if you have any symptoms or if you believe you may have come in contact with someone who has been infected.

We must do all we can to contain the spread of the virus and to well treat those of us who have been hit by it.

As you go about your day, we know you must find daily sustenance.

Yet, please continue to do all you can to maintain social distance and to take all other public health measures to protect yourself and others.

In this way, we all may contribute to halting the spread of this dangerous virus.

Tinubu Media Office,

Tunde Rahman.

April 27, 2020.

Tinubu Seeks Gender Limit Removal For Rape, Tougher Punishment For Kidnappers

Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) speaking during plenary in the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 26, 2019. Photo: [email protected]



The Senate has begun an amendment of the Criminal Code Act, 2004, after considering a bill to that effect.

The bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja seeks the removal of gender restrictions on rape offences and a proposal of stiffer penalties for kidnapping.

The proposed amendment by the upper chamber of the National Assembly also seeks to delete the statute of limitation in cases of defilement.

In her lead debate on the bill, Senator Tinubu objected to the provision of Section 218 of the Criminal Code which stated, “Anyone who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 or attempts same is guilty of a felony and liable to life imprisonment or 14 years imprisonment, respectively.”


Rushed Investigations

According to her, the prosecution of an offender under the section constitutes a limitation that should be extended as against the Act’s provision which allows for only two months after the offence is committed.

“This is untenable in a country where investigations often take longer than two months,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying in a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, a special assistant to the Senate President.

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She added, “Considering the shortage of police personnel, relative to our population as prescribed by international standards, the two months limitation is unlikely to be met at all.”

“With the development and innovation in forensic technology and the accessibility or otherwise of such infrastructure in Nigeria, rushed investigations with a view to commencing prosecutions within a two-month period leave a possibility of a huge margin for error.”

The amendment bill also seeks an amendment to Section 221 of the Criminal Code.

The section provides that “Where a person has or attempts carnal knowledge of a girl being of or above the age of 13 and under the age 16, an ‘idiot or imbecile’, he shall be liable to imprisonment for a period of two years provided that the prosecution is commenced within two months after the offence is committed.”

The bill also proposes an amendment to Section 221, to substitute for the words ‘idiot or imbecile’, the words ‘mentally challenged’.

Senator Tinubu believes while words like idiot, moron, and imbecile are professionally used to measure Intelligence Quotient (IQ), they have acquired pejorative connotations, become derogatory and obsolete and should no longer be contained in the nation’s laws.

On rape, she noted said the Criminal Code Act, 2004, defined rape in Section 357 as an offence against women.

The lawmaker described the definition as “grievous,” saying it perpetrated the socio-cultural belief that men do not need to consent to sexual acts.

She, therefore, stressed that there were incidents of non-consensual sex perpetrated against the male gender.


Tougher Punishment

Meanwhile, Section 364 of the Criminal Code under amendment proffers punishment of imprisonment for a term of 10 years where a crime of kidnap is established.

The law under the Act defines kidnap as “unlawful imprisonment of any person to prevent him from applying to a court for his release or from disclosing to any person where he is imprisoned.”

Senator Tinubu compared the penalties for kidnapping to that of robbery – which is 21 years and death – as provided by the Criminal Code Act.

“Why is the punishment for stealing property and replaceable things higher than what is obtainable when you steal a human being?” she queried.

The lawmaker added, “The frequency of kidnap across the Federation and its resulting trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, makes it imperative to review our laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators and deterrence for would-be perpetrators.”

After the bill was debated, Senate President Ahmed Lawan referred it to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters for further legislative work.

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The drama surrounding the assault by Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo on a woman in Abuja continued on Tuesday with the Senator engaging in an argument with members of the Senate Committee set up to investigate the incident.

At the hearing which took place in Abuja, Senator Oluremi Tinubu who is a member of the panel and Senator Abbo argued over his probe by the committee.

She was displeased that the embattled senator was trying to ‘undermine’ the committee, noting that he could have stopped the panel if he felt it was going against its mandate.

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Tinubu added that Abbo failed to listen to the panel and accused him of dictating to members of the committee.

She, thereafter, asked him, “Do you want us to protect you, or do you want us to defend you, or you want to be on your own?”

She also informed him that the panel, having been constituted by the Senate, has the power to suspend him.

On his part, Senator Abbo raised concern over the threat to suspend him and vowed to resist any attempt of such.

Senator Tinubu, in a swift response, told the embattled lawmaker that nobody has issued any threat against him.

Senate To Probe Senator Abbo Over Assault


The Nigerian Senate has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate allegations of assault against Senator Elisha Abbo.

Six men and two women have been chosen as members of the committee which will be headed by Senator Sam Egwu.

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Senators Stella Oduah and Oluremi Tinubu are the women in the committee that have been given two weeks to conclude it’s investigations.

The matter was raised as a point of order by Senator Uba Sani.

More details later.

Senator Tinubu Congratulates Nigerian Workers

Senator TinubuSenator Oluremi Tinubu has joined in felicitating with Nigerian workers as they mark the Workers Day, appreciating the “immense contributions” they have made to national growth.

In a statement on May 1, the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, said that Nigerian workers have formed a formidable force in the growth of Nigeria with their commitment to duty and “they must be proud of their contributions”.

The statement reads; “As a nation we must continue to acknowledge and celebrate their selfless service and their overall contributions to the development of Nigeria.

“As the nation shares and rejoices with you for the hard work, patience and patriotism on May 1st of every year, it is my resolve as member of the 7th Senate and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to work to ensure that the Nigerian Worker is adequately remunerated and his welfare maintained.

“I will continue to advocate for adequate protection of the Nigerian Worker against industrial hazards.

“In spite the of threats and dangers workers face in the discharge of their national duties and the erroneous security challenges that has crippled our economy over the years due to bad leadership, our workers have remained dedicated and undaunted to the position of government and senate.

“As we celebrate, I congratulate Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), they deserve commendation for uniting and giving a sense of direction to Nigerian Workers . Indeed, the labour of our heroes past has been uplifted.”

Senator Tinubu noted that the 7th Senate had passed into law, legislation intended to encourage, protect and improve the welfare of workers as well as sustaining their standards.

The National Minimum Wage Act and the Nigerian Workers Safety Bills were among the legislation, which she hoped would be sustained as Nigerians usher in a new era of democratic dispensation.

NASS Resumes Tuesday, To Consider Jonathan’s $1 billion Loan, Others

NASS_NewAs members of the National Assembly (NASS) get ready to resume legislative activities on Tuesday, they appear set to consider the health challenge posed to Nigeria by the Ebola Virus Disease and how it is being tackled.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said this while speaking with journalists on some of the issues that the Senate would focus on as it resumes.

The one billion naira loan request by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Petroleum Industry Bill are other issues that would be highlighted for consideration by the Senate.

The Senate would equally look into the report of the Committee set up to investigate the alleged uncomplimentary remarks against the Senate by Oluremi Tinubu, who represents Lagos West on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Besides, Senate would, upon resumption on Tuesday, prepare to receive the report of the just-concluded National Conference, which is expected to be presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The upper legislative chamber would also consider other pressing matters before the senators before they go on another brief recess for the Nigerian Independence anniversary and Sallah celebration in October.

Also, House Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Albert Sam-Tsokwa, revealed on Sunday that apart from the President’s loan request, the House would devote the whole of Tuesday to attend to matters of urgent national importance.

Sam-Tsokwa stressed that while the lawmakers were on break, a lot of issues emerged that required their attention, hence the House would have to look into them immediately.

The lawmaker said that due to the renewed attacks by Boko Haram, the House would have to expedite action on the request made by President Jonathan.

“So many things happened during the break and these are matters of urgent national importance, which have to be critically and urgently attended to. So when we resume on Tuesday, we will devote the entire sitting debating on such issues.”

On President Jonathan’s request for $1 billion to checkmate insurgency, Tsokwa said; “With the happenings around us, the House will accelerate consideration of the matter. The matter was referred to relevant committees and we will be expecting their report immediately plenary commences on Tuesday.”

Senator Tinubu Faces Senate Panel Over Comments

Oluremi_tinubuVice Chairman of the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Oluremi Tinubu is to face the senate committee on ethics and privileges to explain statements credited to her about the activities of the senate.

On Thursday June 26, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), faulted a comment made by Senator Tinubu, over her criticisms of the upper chamber and its leadership in the media.

Ndoma-Egba drew the attention of his colleagues to some newspaper publications on the interview granted by Tinubu where she reportedly condemned “the rot” in the Senate.

The senator, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District, had alleged that the actions of the Senate leadership were always sympathetic to the People’s Democratic Party-led executive arm of government.

Ndoma-Egba said, “I would have brought this matter on the first day of our resumption but for respect for the memory of our departed colleague, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.

“Today, therefore, is my earliest opportunity to raise it.

Tinubu, at a media parley, to mark her third anniversary in the Senate said activities in the upper legislative chamber were depressing because its leadership had failed to address a lot of pressing national issues for partisan reasons.

She accused the Senate leadership of pandering to the wishes of the executive arm of government which is led by the PDP.

“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, as I said before, I’m a Senator first and foremost and by the grace of my colleagues, a member of the leadership of the Senate and to the best of my knowledge, Senator Tinubu has never raised any concern with me or with the leadership on the activities of the Senate.

“I think it is most unkind, it is most uncharitable for a distinguished Senator who has the opportunity of raising concerns with her colleagues, not doing so and going straight to the media to play to the gallery.

“So, I object very, very seriously to the comments made by Senator Tinubu and I want to submit that my privilege, as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been breached by the said Senator.”

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, a Labour Party member representing Ondo Central.

Ekweremadu said, “This matter is referred to the committee so that they can have Senator Tinubu present her own side of the story and if possible, invite the newspapers which published the stories.”

He mandated its committee on ethics and privileges to look into the matter and report to the Senate for consideration in two weeks.








Resign Or Be Recalled, PDP To Remi Tinubu

The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked that Senator Oluremi Tinubu be recalled owning to her comments to the opposition members of the Senate, who she said are playing with the lives of the Nigerian people.

The senator had on Saturday asserted this view during a meeting with journalists where she gave a report of her stay in the Senate and denounced rumours that she is interested in the Governorship of the State in 2015.

Mrs Tinubu, currently representing Lagos State in the Senate, accused lawmakers belonging to the People’s Democratic Party of sidelining bills proposed by the opposition.

In a counter response, the Lagos state PDP, in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, described her comments as “the long awaited evidence needed to commence the recall of the confused Senator”.

The statement further called on “registered voters in the Lagos central Senatorial district to immediately commence the recall process of the Senator without further delay”.

The party accused Senator Tinubu of performing below expectation on the floor of the Senate adding that “she has indeed not initiated any successful bill to justify her membership of the senate”.

The party regards as dishonourable her chastisements on senators not going home to their people because “they are so comfortable in Abuja”.

“She has also misapplied the privilege of being the senator representing the most strategic senatorial district in the state, even though she is non-Lagosian.”

The party has now asked the Senator to “resign honourably or face imminent recall”.