The process of amending Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution which provides immunity to the presidents, vice presidents, governors and deputy governors in the country has begun by the Senate.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

A bill sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on the immunity removal has been referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution amendment chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The bill proposed the substitution of subsection 308(2) which reads ‘the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to civil proceedings against a person to whom this section  applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party’ with a new section.

The proposed amendment reads ’the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to (a) ‘civil proceedings against a person to whom this section applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party’.

Its (b) part reads ‘criminal proceedings connected to, related to or arising from economic and financial crimes’.

Its sponsor, Omo-Agege said that the president, Vice- president, governors and deputies should only be immune from civil actions arising from their official actions while in office like in the United States.

He also cited examples of such cases.

He also believes that transparency, accountability and sanity would be achieved if the amendment was passed.

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