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SERAP Condemns Lawmakers over Bill Seeking Immunity For presiding Officers


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that, the passing of a bill seeking to give leaders of federal and state legislatures levels was a breach of public trust.

the Organization open up in a statement issued by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the move is tantamount to ripping up the nation’s constitution.

He said“Providing immunity for presiding officers against crimes of corruption is tantamount to ripping up the constitution. It’s a blatant assault on the rule of law and breach of public trust.

“The leadership of the House of Representatives must immediately withdraw this obnoxious bill. We will vigorously challenge this impunity,”

Speaking further, SERAP recalled that “countries like Guatemala has voted unanimously to strip their president of immunity from prosecution for corruption, our own lawmakers are moving in the opposite direction.”

The group warned that if the lawmakers have their way by passing the bill into law, they will succeed in denying Nigerians of their rights to make leaders accountable to the people.

Others countries voted unanimously to strip their president of immunity from prosecution for corruptions, our own lawmaker is go to opposite direction.

The bill which was sponsored by Representative Odebunmi Olusegun was supported by the majority of the lawmakers who say it is important to safeguard the sanctity of the National Assembly.


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