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Each House of Reps member earns N9.3m monthly — Hon. Simon Karu claims

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A member of the House of Representatives, Simon Karu, has claimed that each member of the House earns N9.3 million monthly.

 

The lawmaker, who represents Kaltungo/Shongom federal constituency of Gombe State, stated this on Thursday, October 1, in Abuja at an event to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary.

 

The event was tagged “FixingNigeria at 60- Sustainable and efficient democracy: Issues on accountability and transparency in governance”.

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The lawmaker, who was among the guest speakers, said the sum includes monthly salaries and the office’s running cost. He, however, said most of the monthly funds were spent on constituents’ high demands.

“The official salary of a member, House of Representatives which I also receive monthly is N800,0000. I told you I was going to say it, why don’t you wait for me to say it? The office running cost of a member of the House of Representatives is N8.5 million,” he said.

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“Those of you who know, know that I said exactly what it is. The problem is what the constituents demand and when you don’t meet (up), they begin to call you names.

“Just before I walked to the stage, I received three emails from my constituents demanding for money and demanding for jobs, when you don’t, it becomes an issue.”

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Another member of the House at the event, Nicholas Ossai debunked Mr Karu’s revelation, urging the audience to disregard same.

“I have never received such salary since I came to the National Assembly and I have been in the National Assembly before him,” Mr Ossai said.

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton’s dog, Lupo

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have been left heartbroken after their dog Lupo died over the weekend.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a statement via their official Instagram account to mourn the dog.

 

Sharing a picture of their puppy, Kensington Palace wrote: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W & C”.

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

Lupo featured in many pictures with the royals, including one of the first official photos of Prince George.

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

The English cocker spaniel was bred from a dog which was owned by Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s parents.

 

He was given to the couple in 2011, and is believed to have helped them pick a name for Prince George.

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The couple are said to have written names on various pieces of paper and scattered them on the floor.

 

Lupo wandered through them, but stopped when he reached the name George.

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President Buhari receives Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel report on suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday November 20, received the report of the Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel on alleged corruption charges against suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

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At the brief ceremony which was held at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja, Justice Salami handed boxes of documents said to be volumes of the report to the President.

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Recall that after Magu was accused of corruption and abuse of office by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the panel was constituted by President Buhari and given given 45 days to carry out the assignment. The time frame was however extended further after the panel requested for more time.

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Nigerian police denies reports its officer shot newspaper vendor dead in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has denied reports that a policeman attached to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, fired the stray bullet that killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday, November 19.

 

A statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, preliminary investigation shows that the security agent who fired the shot was not a policeman as it has been widely reported.

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The statement reads

 

“The FCT Police Command wishes to unequivocally refute the allegation making round sections of the media that a Police officer attached to the convoy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shot at a newspaper vendor within the Three Arm Zone on Thursday 19th November,2020.

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“Contrary to the misleading information, preliminary investigation into the unfortunate incident reveals that the security aide who shot at the vendor is not a member of the Nigeria Police Force.

“However, the Commissioner of Police FCT CP. Bala Ciroma has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.

“While commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police wishes to guarantee members of the public that the Command will be lucid in its investigation and ensure the findings are made public.”

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