Senate rejects immunity for National Assembly members

Any bill seeking constitutional immunity for members of the National Assembly is unacceptable, the Senate has said. Addressing journalists yesterday, Senate spokesman Enyinnaya Abaribe reacted to a bill in the House of Representatives seeking to safeguard members of the legislature from criminal and civil court cases instituted against them on account of their utterances at plenary sessions or at committee meetings.

He said that no legislator is supposed to seek any other immunity outside the parliament when the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act has already given legislators immunity for whatever they say on the floor of the chamber.


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