CDHR faults Senate’s move to amend CCB, CCT act

Senate President Bukola Saraki shortly after appearing before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja on November 11, 1025. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo

Senate President Bukola Saraki shortly after appearing before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja on November 11, 1025. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo

A group under the aegis of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has kicked against the move by the National Assembly to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (CCB/T Act).

The group, in a statement by the General Secretary, Deji Adebowale, described the move by the members of the Upper Chamber as a clear abuse of power and misplaced priority.

The group also stated that the action could rightly be interpreted to mean that the senators were more concerned at pursuing their narrow interests rather than moving the country to greater heights. It is also a move to scuttle government’s fight against corruption. “We reiterate our support for the fight against corruption by the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari and call on every Nigerian to rise up against this act of indecency by the National Assembly.”

It would be recalled that the Senate had commenced amendment of Section 3 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, following a bill sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the PDP representing Delta North Senatorial District of Delta State.

CDHR pointed out that the “move by the Senate is not unconnected with the travails of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is currently been tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for false declaration of asset during his time as Kwara State governor.

“If the reports so far in circulation that the Senate would stop at nothing to scuttle the said trial seem contestable or pre-emptive to some quarters, the recent fact that the proposed act is been given accelerated hearing is enough to justify the claim.

“As we speak the bill, which seeks to protect some corrupt elements has already been given hastened hearing and has passed for second reading in the red chamber.



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