Bill on immunity for Presiding Officers of legislature passes second reading

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A bill to alter the constitution to extend constitutional immunity to Presiding Officers of the Legislature narrowly scaled through second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

But Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila dissociated himself from the content of the bill saying when passed it should take effect from 2023 when the tenure of the current presiding officers would have expired.

Some members who spoke in favour of the bill, including House Leader, Rep Ado Doguwa said the bill was not about individuals, but about the institution of the parliament.

The bill seeks to amend section 308 of the constitution to grant immunity to presiding officer of the state and National Assembly.

 

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