A bill sponsored by Olusegun Odebunmi, lawmaker representing Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency of Oyo State, is seeking to grant immunity for members of both states and federal legislature has passed a second reading at the House of Representatives in Abuja.
The bill which seeks to alter Section 308 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will extend immunity to cover presiding officers of legislative institutions.
If the bill is finally passed into law, it will become difficult to prosecute indicted lawmakers while they are still in office.
The House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, says he is not in support of the bill and will only agree to it if it is proposed to take effect from 2023. The lawmakers later resolved that the bill will be pushed to Nigerians through a public hearing to accept or reject it. Joining us now is Dotun Hassan, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association Ajah Badore Forum.
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