House Of Reps Move To Remove President, Governors’ Immunity Clause

House Of Reps Move To Remove President, Governors’ Immunity Clause

.The lawmaker explained that the aim of his bill is to amend Section 308(1) (a), (b) and (c) and Section 308(2) to ensure government leaders, no matter how highly placed, face the consequences of their actions.

The House of Representatives is deliberating the removal of the immunity clause President, Vice President, and Governors enjoy.


The bill to make it possible for their criminal and civil prosecution will soon be read for the second time at the Green Chamber.


A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Kwewum sponsored the constitution amendment bill.



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Recall that the existing law shields persons named or referred to in Sub-Section 3 of Section 308 of the 1999 CFRN (Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) from criminal prosecution.


Persons holding the office of president or vice-president, governor or deputy governor are covered under Subsections 1(a), (b) and (c); (2) and (3).


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“In effect, by this constitutional provision, the restriction is placed on legal proceedings for persons holding these offices under Subsections 1 and 2, Section 308, CRFN”, Kwewum said.


The lawmaker explained that the aim of his bill is to amend Section 308(1) (a), (b) and (c) and Section 308(2) to ensure government leaders, no matter how highly placed, face the consequences of their actions.