Breaking: Buhari nominates media aide Lauretta, three others as INEC commissioners

Breaking: Buhari nominates media aide Lauretta, three others as INEC commissioners

- President Buhari has nominated his aide on social media, Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of INEC

- The president also nominated three others from Katsina, Ekiti and Jigawa states

- Onochie is one of the outspoken media aides of President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated his special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, for screening and confirmation as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing Delta state. reports that the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan read Buhari’s letter of request at plenary on Tuesday, October 13.

The president also nominated Professor Mohammed Sani representing Katsina; Professor Kunle Ajayi representing Ekiti state and Seidu Ahmed representing Jigawa state for confirmation as national commissioners of INEC.

Breaking: Buhari nominates media aide Lauretta, three others as INEC commissioners
President Muhammadu Buhari nominates his media aide, Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of INEC. Credit: Twitter/Lauretta Onochie.
Source: Twitter

President Buhari said the nomination was pursuant to paragraph 14 of part 1F of the first schedule of the 1999 constitution.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Onochie reacted to the call for the end of Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over its alleged brutality and harassment of innocent Nigerians.

It was reported that the presidential aide said the way some of the operatives of SARS were unprofessional in their dealings was identical to the unprofessionalism among the army, police, civil service, public service, traders, lawyers, doctors, journalists, teachers, and pastors.

Onochie said that though this is not the first time Nigerians will call for SARS to be scrapped, the citizens must stand by their national institutions while working to improve their effectiveness.

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In another report, the Senate called for the reform and rebranding of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes in the country.

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The call was made on Tuesday, October 6, by the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes in Abuja.

Speaking at the commencement of the 9th Senate legislative anti-corruption strategy implementation session at the National Assembly complex, the chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Kwari, expressed the desire of the upper legislative chamber to see a reformed anti-graft agency.

Also, President Buhari on Tuesday, May 12, appointed Jumai Audi as a chairperson of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

A statement signed by Ezrel Tabiowo, the special assistant (press) to the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, confirmed the receipt of President Buhari's request.

President Buhari urged the Senate to confirm Ebele Chima as the commissioner for southeast; Bassey Abia as commissioner for south-south; and Mohammed Ibraheem as commissioner for the southwest.

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