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Reps pass bill to grant immunity to serving legislative officers

The house of Representatives has passed a bill for second reading, seeking the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to extend immunity to the presiding officers of the National Assembly.

The presiding officers include the president of the Senate, the deputy president of the Senate, the speaker and the deputy speaker of the house of Representatives.

The sponsor of the Bill Mr Odebunmi Olusegun explained that the bill is intended to protect the institution of the legislature from the distraction caused by unnecessary legal actions against presiding officers.

Mr Odebunmi, who is the Chairman house committee on information, said the bill would also empower the presiding officers to do their legislative duties without fear or favour.

He gave the assurance that the bill would not shield them from the power of the Constitution.

The bill seeks to amend Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended which granted immunity to serving President, Vice president, Governor and Deputy governors only in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Shehu

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