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SERAP faults immunity for legislatures

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the passing of a bill seeking to give leaders of federal and state legislatures immunity.

The House of Representatives 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.

SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare said in a statement that granting the immunity was tantamount to ripping up the constitution.

“It’s a blatant assault on the rule of law and breach of public trust.”

SERAP said: “The leadership of the House of Representatives must immediately withdraw this obnoxious bill. We will vigorously challenge this impunity.”

If the House of Representatives should have their way, this will rob Nigerians of their rights to accountable government, he said.

Kolawale added that “Public officials who are genuinely committed to the well-being of the state and its people, and to the estab­lishment of an effective and functioning system of administration of jus­tice, should have absolutely nothing to fear.”

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