Dino Melaye Storms Senate In Academic Gown

Dino Melaye Storms Senate In Academic GownA mild drama occurred on Tuesday in the Senate as a Senator Representing Kogi State, Mr Dino Melaye, stormed the upper legislative chambers in an academic gown.

Senator Melaye staged the appearance apparently to affirm his graduation from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

His appearance drew the attention of some of his colleagues, journalists and visitors to the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The lawmaker has been defending allegations by an online media that he dropped out of the university.

He has testified before the Senate Committee on Ethics that he graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, a testimony which was confirmed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

Senate To Begin Probe Of Anti-graft Agency Boss

efcc bossThe Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, is to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, to answer questions over an allegation that he fraudulently diverted over one trillion Naira proceeds of corruption recovered by the anti-graft agency.

A petitioner, one Mr George Uboh, had alleged that the EFCC boss diverted the funds, including the loot recovered from a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; and former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun.

Both the petitioner and Mr Lamorde are to appear before the Senate Committee on Wednesday, for questioning over the alleged fraud said to have been committed during Mr Lamorde’s tenure as the Director of Operations of the EFCC between 2003 and 2007, as well as an Acting Chairman of the commission between June 2007 and May 2008.

In a swift reaction, the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, told Channels Television that the commission was aware of the petition, but dismissed it as the handiwork of detractors.

Senate Committee Quizzes DSS Over Rivers Election  

dssThe Senate Committee on Ethics on Thursday said the Department of State Services (DSS) does not have the authority to interfere in electoral disputes.

The Committee on Thursday invited DSS officials over a petition from the Rivers State House of Assembly, accusing the agency of unduly interfering in the Rivers State Election Petition pending before the Election Petition Tribunals.

The DSS described the allegation of undue interference as a blatant lie by the lawmakers.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus had earlier appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to look into allegations of witch-hunting of party members by the DSS.

In a swift reaction, the Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Media dismissed the allegations of the PDP Senators.

Also, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Lai Mohammed, has assured that the APC will never interfere with anti-graft probe, be it on APC members, its past governors, officials or others, asking the members of PDP who might have erred, to face consequences of their actions.

The Committee is expected to present its report after investigating the matter to the Senate.