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Senators Stage a Walkout in Protest of Amendment of CCB Act as it passes second reading

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Senate-FloorThe bill to Amend the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau has passed the second reading in the Senate house on Thursday with some senators, led by Senator Solomon Olamileka Adeola (APC, Lagos West) staging a walkout in protest of the development.

Adeola shared the following message on his Facebook page:

Good Afternoon Friends.

I am sure many of you have read that the bill to amend the Code of Conduct Act passed second reading today on the floor of the Nigerian Senate, with deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu presiding.

Even though the majority in senate will always have its way, I and my constituents in Lagos West Senatorial District are not in support of the amendments to the Code of Conduct Act CAP C15 LFN 2004, which was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

I and some of my colleagues stepped out in opposition to the amendments.
#Yayi #LagosWest #Senate #YayiAdeola

Recall that the bill which was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North) passed first reading on Tuesday. (Click here if you missed it).

Nwaoboshi while defending the bill at Thursday’s session presided over by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said,

It is clear that the act does not contemplate criminal trial so the usage of criminal procedure act and the criminal procedure code should not be used as a procedural template in the tribunal. In due course, I will present to this distinguished senate a comprehensive amendment of the third schedule to the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal rules of procedure which should be distinct rules for proceedings in the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) who also supported the bill said that,

The amendment was very apt as it had become clear that the CCT was delving into criminal trials. Section 3b stipulated that before a prosecution can start, the person in question would have to be communicated and he must respond to the bureau.

After investigation by the bureau, they will transfer for prosecution. It is stipulated that you must have a minimum of three judges before they can sit, but as it is today, we have two judges yet trial is ongoing. When the two judges take different positions, what happens?

Other Senators who supported the bill were Jubrin Barau (APC Kano North), Sam Anyanwu (PDP Imo East) and the minority whip, Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South).

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions and its Judiciary and Human Rights counterpart after the Senators voted for it’s passage for second reading.

Credit: TheCable

5 Comments

  1. jwezee

    April 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    This administration must think every thing is a joke…..Nigeria this is insane

    • Fani

      April 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      I mistakenly liked that. It’s not about this administration but our evil politicians. Look at the parties of those supporting this bill and you can see that wen its time to steal and protect themselves from persecution our evil politicians are happy to come together.

  2. Fani

    April 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks to those Senators, at least some of them still have sense. Then legislative arm of our government is the most corrupt. See how quickly this bill has been going just because they want to get their crook leader Saraki out of his legal mess. We should be ably to know those Senators that support this bill so their consistencies can see what the people supposed to represent them are doing . In a sane society any senator supporting this should be recalled! When it’s a bill on gender equality these goats will say it will give women too much freedom so it should be modified but when it’s a bill to allow them to continue with their corrupt practices that is when they will be active .

  3. NaijaPikin

    April 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    All these so Saraki will not face criminal charges abi. Naija senators continue. Changing laws to accommodate your criminal behavior. bunch of losers. pssst

  4. Paulette

    April 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Nwaoboshi you are a DISGRACE!!!! Delta north is languishing and you are here sponsoring rubbish.
    CROOKS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
    SO PISSED

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