A non-governmental organisation, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI) has said that removal of immunity from the president and other public office holders may slow down governance.
Mr Denis Aghanya, executive secretary of ARDI, told newsmen, yesterday in Lagos that removal of immunity would open doors for multiple litigations against such leaders.
Recall that the Senate was seeking an amendment of the 1999 Constitution to disallow immunity in criminal matters being enjoyed by the president, vice president, governors and their deputies.
The decision followed a Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the 1999 Constitution to qualify criminal liability for certain public officers under Section 308.
The bill sought to exclude the public officers from criminal liability where the offence involves misappropriation of funds belonging to the federal, state or local governments among others.
It was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Aghanya said: “With sincere commitment from our lawmakers, I am convinced that the bill will sail through.
“There is no doubt that removing immunity from our president and all the other officers mentioned will slow down governance.
“ It will open doors for multiple litigation against such leaders.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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