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Rowdy Session in House of Reps over immunity for Saraki, Dogara

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The House of Representatives descended into a rowdy session on Tuesday as members debated the planned immunity for the Senate president and the Speaker of the house of representatives, the Vanguard is reporting.

The Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, who presented the bill,  canvassed for the inclusion of the presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly which will also include the deputy senate president and the deputy speaker in the immunity.

He said Section 308 of the Constitution which only gives immunity to the President, Vice, President, Governors and their deputies should be amended to include presiding officers of the National Assembly.

But his proposal was opposed by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who opposed the idea saying that there was no democracy in the world that heads of the legislature enjoy immunity. He aid even if the presiding officers should be given immunity, the timing of the proposal is wrong as the Senate President Bukola Saraki was facing trials for fraud and forgery.

The House however descended into chaos after Speaker, Yakubu Dogara abruptly ended debate on the matter, as he referred it to the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitutional amendment headed by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.


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