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Senate resurrects amendment of CCT/CCB Act

06 October 2016, 21:22

Abuja - The Senate on Wednesday re-presented the controversial bill seeking to amend the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), reports Daily Trust

The bill seeks to reduce the powers of the agencies and make them answerable to the National Assembly.

The Senate had in April according to News 24 suspended the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau/Tribunal Act and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The bill was presented then by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Also read: Nigerians condemn Senate for summoning CCT chairman

But following widespread public protest and criticism, against the backdrop of its timing for an amendment which coincided with the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the CCT, the bill was suspended.

The Bill was, however, passed by the House of Representatives on May 31, weeks after debate on it was suspended at the Senate.

Since, it was a House Bill, the House of Representatives forwarded the Bill to the Senate for concurrence.

During plenary on Wednesday, the Senate resumed debate on the amendment shortly after it was tabled before it by Senate Leader, Ali Ndume.

The bill scaled through first reading during Wednesday’s plenary, presided over by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.  

- News 24


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