House of Rep. in Rowdy Session over Immunity Clause for Saraki, Dogara, Others

The House of Representativeswas, Tuesday, threw caution to the winds as the debate on immunity for National Assembly presiding officers, was introduced.
The debate threw the House into a rowdy session as the bill was announced, when some of the members of the House kicked against it.
The immediate beneficiaries of the proposal, would be the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; and Deputy Speaker of the House, Yussuff Lasun, and Speakers, Deputy Speakers of the states Houses of Assembly.
Trouble was said to have started when the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, called for the amendment of Section 308 of the Constitution which only gives immunity to the President, Vice President, Governors and their Deputies, to also include the presiding officers of the National Assembly.
But the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, opposed the idea saying that there was no any democracy in the world that heads of the legislature enjoy immunity, adding that even if it would work, the timing was wrong especially now that the Senate President Bukola Saraki was facing trials.
The House went rowdy when the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, abruptly ended debate on the matter, as he referred it to the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitutional amendment headed by the Deputy Speaker,Yussuff Lasun.

Author: News Editor

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