The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana and an advocacy group, Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative (FGAI), yesterday condemned the Senate over its attempt to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Acts
They accused the Senate of setting a wrong precedence with the amendment of the two acts, stating that the move portends a dangerous trend in the polity.
The Senate had last week began the process of amending the CCB and CCT Acts by initiating two bills.
The first amendment bill, sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaboshi, (Delta North) and entitled: ‘Code of Conduct Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016,’ was first laid before the Senate last Tuesday. However, the bill curiously passed the second reading last Thursday barely two days after initiation.
The second bill, sponsored by Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central) and tagged: ‘A bill for and Act to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other related matters,’ seeks to remove the CCT from the list of courts statutorily empowered to initiate criminal proceedings against accused persons. Debate on the second bill has been slated to commence this week in the Senate.
But NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, explained that the timing of the amendment was fraught with ulterior motive, taking cognisance of the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
According to the NLC, the stiff opposition the amendment had received from ranking members of the Senate like Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Senator Yahaya Abdullahi is a signpost of misgivings associated with the purported bill.