Stella Dimoko Bill To Strip President,Vice President,Governors And Their Deputies Of Immunity Passes 2nd Reading


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Friday, March 13, 2020

Bill To Strip President,Vice President,Governors And Their Deputies Of Immunity Passes 2nd Reading

As part of the amendment being proposed for the 1999 Constitution by the Senate,the Senate is on the verge of removing immunity in criminal matters for Presidents in Nigeria.
Also to be affected are the Vice President, Governors and their deputies

 An indication followed the second reading of a 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”.

“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”, it states.

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.

It further reads: “Section 308 of the Principal Act is altered by (a) Substituting for subsection (2), a new subsection “(2)” –

“(2) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply –

“(a) 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; and

“(b) to persons who hold the office of Vice-President, Governor or Deputy Governor, if it is determined either by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigerian Police and State Security Service through a collaborative investigation that the said person is indicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for:

“(i) Financial misappropriation of funds belonging to the Federal, State or Local Government; or

“(ii) Sponsoring of thugs to perpetrate violence that cause injury or death of political opponent, a member of his family, agent or personal representative.”

The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

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  1. Can we have them slash allowances too?
    We are paying so much and it's affecting our economy.Lots of idle senators and house of rep members who will never sponsor a single bill.

    Reduce allowances...

  2. Nice one and a welcome development if truly the corruption fight won't be selective.

    1. Good move from a serious assembly not the ones that protected themselves from criminal act for 20 years and so impose themselves in disguise for another 4 years in the last senate. Nigeria shall be great.

  3. It will not see the lights of the day. No be President go sign am? Remember his deputy is a SAN too?



  4. Lawyers should go empty their accounts in order to make room for the Nigerian Mint!!!


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