The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has condemned the passing of a invoice in search of to offer leaders of federal and state legislatures immunity from prosecution for corruption.
SERAP in an announcement issued by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare on Tuesday, mentioned the transfer is tantamount to tearing up the nation’s structure.
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The group, due to this fact, known as on the decrease chamber to right away withdraw the invoice, vowing to problem the choice.
“Offering immunity for presiding officers towards crimes of corruption is tantamount to tearing up the structure. It’s a blatant assault on the rule of legislation and breach of public belief.
“The management of the Home of Representatives should instantly withdraw this obnoxious invoice. We’ll vigorously problem this impunity,” the assertion learn partly.
Talking additional, SERAP recalled that “countries like Guatemala has voted unanimously to strip their president of immunity from prosecution for corruption, our own lawmakers are moving in the opposite direction.”
The group warned that if the lawmakers have their means by passing the invoice into legislation, they may reach denying Nigerians of their rights to make leaders accountable to the individuals.
This comes shortly after the lawmakers sought to increase immunity to cowl Presiding Officers of Legislative Establishments.
The invoice which was sponsored by Consultant Odebunmi Olusegun was supported by the vast majority of the lawmakers who say it is very important safeguard the sanctity of the Nationwide Meeting.
In supporting the invoice, Majority Chief, Ado-Doguwa mentioned: “It should be passed for the simple reason that it provides protection for leaders of the legislature considering the important work of the legislature.”