National Assembly want immunity for Senate president, Speaker, Chief Justice

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Nigeria’s legislative arm may have started up process of Constitution amendment in quest to provide immunity to the heads of the three tiers of government, Vanguard reports.
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The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, dropped the hint saying, “if the head of the executive arm, the President, and his vice should enjoy immunity, the heads of the other two arms of government, the legislature and the judiciary, should also benefit from the immunity”.

On the haboured plans, Vanguard quoted Ogor as saying that, “It would reduce distractions and crisis in the National Assembly as well as put a stop to the frequent change of the presiding officers as a result of external influence.”

Potential beneficiaries of the fresh proposed immunity clause amendment are the Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, his deputy and the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN).

Under trail Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was recently docked by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over the 13-count charge alleged falsification in his asset declaration over 10 years ago.

A trail having attracted heavy considered and in some quarters cited as politically motivated following his perceived stubbornness in contesting for the position of the Senate President against the party decision, the Senate President has claimed higher-forces against his position are behind his trail.

The development has prompted the lawmakers interest in seeking amendment to the 1999 Constitution to include the Senate President and his deputy, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy as well as the CJN in the immunity clause.