IMMUNITY CLAUSE: Rowdy session at House of Reps

There has been a rowdy session at the House of Representatives, following the introduction of a bill seeking immunity from prosecution for the Senate President and his deputy, as well as, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy.

Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, who introduced the bill, called for the amendment of section 308 of the amended 1999 constitution, to include the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker and Deputy Speaker in enjoying immunity from prosecution while in office.

This was opposed by the majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who said no democracy in the world gives such immunity to elected officials presiding over the parliament, adding that the timing of the bill was wrong, considering that the Senate President and his deputy were facing trial for corruption charges.

The shouting match by the lawmakers resulted in an uproar, with PDP members supporting the bill, while most of the APC members opposed it.

Following the uproar, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, forced the rowdy debate to a halt, and referred the bill to a special ad-hoc committee on constitution review.

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