Peace Corps bill suffers setback at the Senate

Nigerian Peace Corps

The Senate has suspended its passage of a bill seeking the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps after a heated debate.

The bill was stepped down following the presentation of the conference report of the Senate and the House of Representatives after both had separately  passed the bill.

Following a heated debate in the Senate, the conference report was not adopted by the Senate.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, warned that the Senate should not stop its process in view of the court case to avoid a precedence that will motivate anybody to approach the court anytime a bill is in the works in the Senate.

He also brushed aside opposition from the security agencies, including the police.

He touched on the earlier opposition of the Police Force and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria to the bills that eventually established Civil Defence Corps and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria respectively.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, ordered that the conference report be referred to the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters committee to address the issues raised and liaise with the House of Reps.

The committee has two weeks to submit its report.

The leadership of the corps is already facing trial in an Abuja court for allegedly operating illegal paramilitary outfit.

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