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Bill Seeking Immunity For Lawmakers From Prosecution Scales Second Reading

A cross-section of lawmakers throughout plenary on the Home of Representatives chamber in Abuja on January 29, 2020.


A invoice searching for to increase immunity to cowl Presiding Officers of Legislative Establishments has scaled second studying within the Home of Representatives.

The invoice which was sponsored by Consultant Odebunmi Olusegun was supported by nearly all of the lawmakers who say you will need to safeguard the sanctity of the Nationwide Meeting.

In supporting the invoice, Majority Chief, Ado-Doguwa stated: “It should be passed for the simple reason that it provides protection for leaders of the legislature considering the important work of the legislature.”

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Nevertheless, the Home Minority Chief, Ndudi Elumelu requested the lawmakers to position the curiosity of their constituents above private curiosity.

“Outside here, our people are being killed and butchered. We are coming up with a bill on the issue of immunity while some of us are saying that people should be held accountable for what they do. I think it is wrong and it should not be allowed.”

A number of the lawmakers who opposed the invoice argued that it was coming at a time when there are requires the withdrawal of immunity from the governors.

The lawmakers say there isn’t any want for such a regulation, particularly contemplating the spate of insecurity within the nation.

If the invoice ultimately turns into a regulation, it should, subsequently, translate into an Act to change the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as immunity covers the President, Vice President, Governors and their Deputies.

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