No speech immunity for you – Senate Tackles House of Representatives

NASSThe Senate has rejected a recent move by the House of Representatives to have speech immunity for legislators included in the constitution.

It will be recalled that the lower chamber of the National Assembly had, last week, passed in the second reading a motion seeking immunity for the lawmakers. However, the Senate said any motion on immunity for the legislature would not be passed on the floor of the chamber. It stated that the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act had already given every legislators immunity for whatever he said on the floor of the chamber.

The position of the Upper Chamber was made known by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, while briefing the Senate Press Corps on Tuesday:

“I think the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act already gives every legislator immunity for whatever such says on the floor of the chamber. So, that is already a settled law and fact… I will be very surprised if somebody is asking for immunity outside of the chambers of the National Assembly.


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