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Senators want life pension, immunity for Saraki, Dogara – reports

19 June 2016, 08:25

Lagos – Some senators have reportedly demanded immunity and life pension for presiding officers of the National Assembly after their tenure in office.

According to Punch, the senators made the proposals during a two-day retreat on Constitution Review organized by the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review in Lagos.

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said it was necessary for the presiding officers to enjoy such benefits.

A Premium Times report said that if the proposal succeeded and be inserted in the constitution, the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki, who was being prosecuted for false and anticipatory assets declaration as well as alleged forgery, could enjoy reprieve. 

His deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, may also have the forgery case against him dropped, the report said.

 At least 21 lawmakers reportedly voted in favour of the proposal while 15 others voted against. 

The lawmakers argued that presiding officers in the legislature ought to enjoy immunity since the executive and judiciary were enjoying it.

Read more at Punch

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