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NLC condemns Senate's move to amend CCT bill

18 April 2016, 21:12

Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress has kicked against the move by the Senate to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act.

The NLC in describing the move by the Senate as dangerous, said while the intention of the Senate appeared noble, the timing was wrong.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Sunday, said it was rather curious that it took the Senate the ongoing trial of its President, Saraki, to realise the stated “errors” in the Act.

Also read: Senate passes CCB, CCT act for second reading

The first amendment bill, which was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaboshi (PDP Delta North) and entitled, 'Code of Conduct Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016’, which was first laid before the Senate on Tuesday, had, by Thursday, already passed the second reading.

The second bill, which is being sponsored by Senator Isah Misau (APC Bauchi Central) and tagged, ‘A bill for an Act to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other related matters’, seeks to remove the CCT from the list of courts statutorily empowered to initiate criminal proceedings against accused persons.

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is currently being tried by the tribunal for false and anticipatory asset declaration during his eight-year tenure as the Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011.

- News 24


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