Today’s Daily Brief: Dogara elected, El-Rufai makes cuts, child bride freed, and more

Hon. Yakubu Dogara, representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa Federal constituency of Bauchi State, has emerged Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He defeated his closest rival, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila by eight votes, polling 182 votes to Gbajabiamila’s 174 in very close contest Tuesday.


As part of efforts to reduce the cost of governance, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has reduced the number of commissioners from 24  to 13.

This was against the 24 that were appointed by the previous government of the Peoples Democratic Party under former Governor Mukhtar Yero.

The governor added that he would place strict limits on the number of aides that the 13 commissioners could recruit in the discharge of their duties.


The new government of Muhammadu Buhari has started receiving money stolen by the cabinet members of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

This was disclosed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in an interview with the journalists on Monday.

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Wasila Tasiu, 14, has been discharged by a Kano High Court sitting in Gezawa on Tuesday over the murder of her late husband and 3 others.

The presiding Justice ruled that based on the formal application before the court from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, “the case is hereby terminated and the accused is discharged”.


Former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly, Omoniyi Ajaja, has slammed Governor Ayodele Fayose over threat to new PDP members in the Assembly to either be loyal to him or face “political death.”

He said the governor’s boast that PDP legislators who participated in his 2006 impeachment were dead politically was empty, explaining that many among those who supported the impeachment later held prominent political positions while others were doing very well in their various private callings.


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