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Constitution Review: No immunity for NASS, state assembly, judicial officers – Reps

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AS part of its contribution to ongoing constitutional amendment, House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review has ruled out express constitutional immunity for presiding officers National Assembly and state assemblies, as well as national and state judicial officers.

  The committee stated this during its meeting with some stakeholders and consultants in Abuja, yesterday.

  They also jettisoned the clamour in some quarters for state police, but recommended 111 additional legislative seats for women.

  Addressing the committee on the immunity clause, a consultant, Abdulhamid Mohammed (SAN) said that allowing it will bring a clash of interest while another member, Rimamnde Shawulu (PDP, Taraba) in his contribution, informed the committee of a pending bill sponsored by him to strip the executive of the existing immunity.

  But in his contribution, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) called on the committee to step down the bill and also said section 308 of the constitution should be amended to allow citizens to sue executive officers by leave of the House.

  Ruling on the matter, chairman of the committee and Deputy Speaker of the House said that the lawmakers already had immunity while on the floor through the Powers and Privileges Act.

It will be recalled that House of Representatives, in June 2021, held zonal public hearing across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

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