To protect themselves from facing prosecution over business done on the floor of the House, the House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to grant immunity to legislators in the country through second reading.
The lawmakers took this decision after debating “a bill for an act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by providing immunity for members of the legislature in respect of the words spoken or written at the plenary session or at committee proceedings, to guarantee that freedom of speech, debates and proceedings in Legislative Houses are not impeached or questioned in any court or place out of parliament and for related matters”.
The amendment bill, sponsored by Hon. Ali Ahmed (PDP, Kwara), was however, consolidated with the bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the FRN to guarantee freedom of speech and legislative actions of members of the National Assembly”, sponsored by Hon. Raphael Igbokwe (PDP, Imo).
Meanwhile, in a bid to control crime and inflow of light weapons from war-torn neighbouring countries into the country, the House of Representatives has moved to establish a national commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.