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Immunity For Lawmakers From Prosecution Bill Scales Second Reading

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A bill seeking immunity for the Presiding Officers of Legislative Institutions has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

Representative Odebunmi Olusegun sponsored the bill which was supported by the majority of the lawmakers who revealed that it is essential to safeguard the sanctity of the National Assembly.

Majority Leader, Ado-Doguwa also supporting the bill said: “It should be passed for the simple reason that it provides protection for leaders of the legislature considering the important work of the legislature.”

However, in a different opinion, the House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu urged the lawmakers to put the interest of their constituents above personal interest.

“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.”

Some of the lawmakers who are against the bill argued that it was coming at a time when there are calls for the withdrawal of immunity from the governors.

They added that there is no need for such a law, especially considering the spate of insecurity in the country.

If the bill eventually becomes law, therefore, it will translate into an Act to change the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as immunity covers the President, Vice President, Governors and their Deputies.

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