House passes for second reading, constitution amendment bill

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The bill was sponsored by the Speaker of the house, Hon. Femi Gbajabimila and the Chairman, Rules and Business, Rep. Abubakar Fulata at the plenary on today

Fulata, while presenting the bill noted that Section 89 states that anybody who is summoned by the parliament and refuses to appear would be issued a warrant of arrest and be compelled to appear.

Adding that the bill seeks to alter the provision which states that anyone who refuses or ignores the summon of parliament shall be upon conviction guilty of contempt and shall be liable to a fine of N500,000 or two years imprisonment or both.

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The speaker in his ruling has referred the bill to the Special House Committee on Constitutional Review for further legislative actions.

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