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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Senate To Remove immunity For President,Governors,Deputies

The Senate has commenced the process of amending section 308 of the 1999 Constitution which gives immunity to president, vice president, governors and deputy governors in the country.




A bill sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (LP, Delta) on the immunity removal has been referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution amendment chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Daily Trust reports.


The bill proposed the substitution of subsection 308(2) which reads “the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to civil proceedings against a person to whom this section applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party”, with a new section.


The proposed amendment reads, “the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to, (a) ‘civil proceedings against a person to whom this section applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party’.

It (b) part reads, “criminal proceedings connected to, related to or arising from economic and financial crimes”.
It’s sponsor, Omo-Agege said like in the US, the president and the VP, governors and their deputies should only be immune from civil actions arising from their official actions while in office.

“They are not entitled to immunity from litigation for actions not germane to their work. For example a president or governor who buys a car for a child and refuses to pay can be taken to court while in office,” he said.
“Also like in the US, there should be no immunity from criminal investigation or prosecution for crimes committed either before or while in office.

“Recall that Mr. Spiro Agnew while a sitting VP under President Nixon was tried and convicted for tax evasion while in office. Bill Clinton as a sitting president was hauled before a grand jury by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for perjury (lying under oath) while in office as president.

“Finally, Elliot Spitzer as a sitting governor of New York was tried and convicted for illicit solicitation for sex”, he added.
The sponsor believe that if the amendment is passed, there will be sanity, transparency and accountability in the Executive Arm of government, especially “Treatment of our state resources which most of them currently treat as slush funds”.


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30 comments:

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    1. I hope the bill scales through but since it's against their interest it can never be passed.

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    2. Yes, and from themselves too, if they've got the guts.

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    3. Joke of the century.
      They won't pass it into law.
      If it's possible they will want immunity against death,sickness,and accident too.

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  2. They're doing them because of Fayose, they can't wait for 2018 again




    *Larry was here*

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    1. Gbam!
      Dey r trying to set up fayose n wike

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  3. Nigeria is not mature for this.
    Imagine what states in the soith south will be going through.
    Till we have true seperation of power then this is a no no. Cos the hovt at the center will terrorize all the opposition govs to submission which will be undemocratic

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    1. What jibberish are you talking about? What will South South go through? You can't terrorize an innocent man, you'll only be afraid if there're skeletons in your cupboard

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    2. There can't be separation of power.. Nigeria will grow and become great someday.. We r jus 56 years

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    3. @anon 11.14
      Really? Yoy all keep talling about an ideal society. nigeria isnt an ideal society and yes the innocent do suffer alot. You think wike wont have been locked up right now? Think again.

      Olabanji.. we would grow someday but we havnt grown enough for it yet.

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  4. That's if they will let it pass!! Let's wait and see

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  5. Dead on arrival.NEXT!

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    1. Gbam!... Look who is deceiving who. Ko le week.

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    2. Lmao! As if you know.

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  6. Correct yimu...if I hear say Dem approve am

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  7. I hope this new development will be implemented as stated above





    #bringbackourwhiteberry

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  8. This is awesome news. If it scales through second reading only a Buhari can sign it into law. This may just be the beginning of the accountability we've been craving.
    It definitely won't be smooth sail ab initio but as time goes by we'll perfect our act.
    Whistle blower+No immunity= Improved Accountability.
    Accountability fosters Responsibility and Good governance.👍

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    1. If passed it will be anarchy. As all pdp govs will be locked up on flimsy excuses.

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  9. #The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time*

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  10. This is Naija. They will never accept it bc they are full of lies

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  11. Sweet...they should please allow it scale through.

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  12. Our leaders are all corrupt. The bill won't see the light of the day.

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  13. Story story story. Can they do it???

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  14. It shouldn't scale through, it's a wicked bill. So every governor that buhari hates will be arrested or if he is not in Apc. Wicked law

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