Alas, the controversial bill to confer immunity to Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may soon be passed, according to reports reaching flawlessview.com, the bill has successfully gone through second reading.
Recall that the bill that was sponsored by Segun Odebunmi has been dogged by controversy from the very beginning. At the instance of the mentioning of the bill, Nigerians cried out against its continued processing, some members of the House also voiced their displeasure against the bill, but on Tuesday, the members of the House of Representatives went ahead to pass the bill that will confer immunity on these offices through second reading.
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When passed into law, this bill will also confer immunity on presiding officers of the House of Assembly, this implies that the officers in the House will be shielded from prosecution while office, they can commit a crime and not be prosecuted as long as they remain officers in the House of Assembly.
The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has however distanced himself from the content of the bill saying, according to him, even if the bill were passed into law now, the law will not take effect until 2023 during the tenure of the next House of Assembly tenure.