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Senate screens 14, tackles ministerial nominees over age, tax

The Senate, on Monday, commenced the screening of the 28 ministerial nominees forwarded to it by President Bola Tinubu last week.

14 out of the 28 ministerial nominees were screened by the Senate at a session presided over by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

They were Abubakar Kyari (Borno), Abubakar Momoh (Edo), former governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers), John Enoh (Cross River), former governor Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (Bauchi) and Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha (Abia).

Others were Bello Muhammad (Sokoto), Prof Joseph Utsev (Benue), Senator Abubakar Danladi (Taraba), Barr. Uju-Ken Ohaneye (Anambra), Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo (Ondo), Betta Edu (Cross River) and Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim (Nasarawa).

While some of the nominees had easy passage and were asked to ‘bow and go’ without much questioning, others, however, were drilled by senators.

At the plenary, nominees like Danladi, Utsev, Ohaneye, Muhammed faced a bit of drilling by the lawmakers.

Three out of the seven other nominees grilled during the session were confronted with issues bordering on alleged age falsification, forgery and perjury.

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