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National Assembly's slow pace condemned

07 May 2013, 07:35

Ado-Ekiti - The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday condemned what is described as "piece-meal and cosmetic" approach to the issue of constitution amendment by the National Assembly.

The Chairman of the Ado-Ekiti Branch of the association, Joseph Omodele, made the statement at a news conference to commence the 2013 Law Week.

He said that the attitude of members of the National Assembly did not show Nigerians that they were on their side.
Omodele said that the national body of the association and those of its branches nationwide had expected a speedy review.

"With particular reference to the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country, we had thought that Nigerian laws would have been amended before now.

 "Can you imagine that up till this moment, there are still some aspects of the Nigerian Constitution that give freedom to commission of crime.

"There are still some offences that attracts as ridiculous as N20 or N50 as fine for heinous crime.

"This perhaps made the Abuja judge, recently suspended by the NJC  to award only N750, 000 five in a large-scale fraud,"  Omodele stated.

According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan will be doing a disservice to the nation, if he considers amnesty for members of Boko Haram sect.



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