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Reps Move To Remove President, Governors’ Immunity Clause

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The President, Vice President, Governors, and Deputy Governors of Nigeria may lose their immunity from prosecution.

The House of Representatives is debating whether or not they should lose their immunity clause.

A bill that would allow them to face criminal and civil charges will be read for the second time in the Green Chamber soon.

The constitution amendment bill was sponsored by Hon. Rimamnde Kwewum, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Taraba State.

Persons listed and/or alluded to under Sub-Section 3 of Section 308 of the 1999 CFRN (Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) are protected from litigation under current law.

Subsections 1(a), (b), and (c) apply to those who occupy the offices of president or vice president, governor or deputy governor; (2) and (3).

“In effect, by this constitutional provision, the restriction is placed on legal proceedings for persons holding these offices under Subsections 1 and 2, Section 308, CRFN”, Kwewum said.

The lawmaker explained that the aim of his bill is to amend Section 308(1) (a), (b) and (c) and Section 308(2) to ensure government leaders, no matter how highly placed, answer for their actions.

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