Reps support bill to confer immunity on presiding officers

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The ‘Bill for an Act to Alter Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Extend Immunity to Cover Presiding Officers of Legislative Institutions,’ sponsored by Mr Olusegun Odebunmi, was narrowly passed as members were divided over it.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, before the bill was debated, said that he was against the bill and was not willing to benefit from the privilege should it be eventually passed and assented to.

He pointed out that he would only support the proposal where it would take effect from 2023 after the current leadership ends its tenure.

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The lawmakers later resolved that the bill should be pushed to Nigerians, through a public hearing, to accept or reject it.

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