A Reps committee of the 1999 constitution has in a report proposed immunity for presiding officers of the judiciary and National Assembly.
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The committee, headed by the deputy speaker of the house, Idris Wase, had earlier turned down the bill following criticism from a member of the house, Abdulhamid Mohammed, SAN, a consultant to the committee. In Abdulhamid Mohammed’s criticism, he not only insisted that this practice is against international laws, he added that this would create a conflict of interest amongst judicial officers.
The new proposed bill, sponsored by Segun Odebunmi, seeks the same protection enjoyed by the President, Vice-president, Governor and Deputy-governors. If the bill passes, the senate president, deputy senate president, speaker of the House of Representatives, and deputy speaker of the House will also be free of criminal prosecution.