Senate Passes Police Reform Bill

The Senate on 17th April, 2019 passed a Bill to repeal and re-enact the Police Act Cap P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Nigeria Police Act to provide for the framework of the Police Service and ensure cooperation and partnership between the Police in maintaining peace and combating crimes and related matters. Among others, the Bill seeks to reform the…

Senate Postpones Budget Consideration and Passage to Tuesday, 30th April

The Senate has deferred its budget consideration and passage to Tuesday, 30 April, 2019 following the shortage of printed copies of its budget report at its plenary on Wednesday, 24 April, 2019. Following the logistical challenge, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki ordered for copies of the budget report to be made available for lawmakers to examine before its sitting on Tuesday.

Senate Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill, PIGB & Ors

The Senate on Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 passed a reworked Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) and Electoral Act Amendment Bill at plenary. It will be recalled that President Buhari had vetoed the PIGB and refused assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for a record four times after citing constitutional and other constraints. However, the Senate resolved to rework the Bills in line with the…

President Buhari Declines Assent to the Nigerian Correctional Services Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill, 2019. This came as his letter to the Senate that was read at plenary on Tuesday 16 April, faulted the Bill for its drafting language and a provision he believed would breach the independence of the judiciary. In the President’s view, section 44(d) of the vetoed Bill which sought to fund a special…