Senate Moves To Strip President, Governors, Others Of Immunity

 Senate Moves To Strip President, Governors, Others Of Immunity

A bill sponsored by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, seeks to strip sitting Presidents, Governors and others of all immunity enjoyed while serving in office.

The Bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to qualify criminal liability for certain public officers under Section 308” had aits second reading on the floor of the house.

The explanatory memorandum of the bill states: “This act provides for qualification of the immunity clause to exclude immunity for Public Officers referred to in Section 308 from criminal liability where the offence involves misappropriation of funds belonging to the Federal, State or Local Government and also the use of thugs to foment violence.”

The bill provides that a President, Vice-President, Governors and Deputy Governors shall lose their immunity if they are investigated by security and anti-graft agencies, including the courts.

The alteration being proposed to the 1999 Constitution by the Senate, if successful will ensure that the respective public holders no longer enjoy immunity from criminal matter.

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