As senator calls for caution
Within 48 hours of introduction, a bill seeking for amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, and Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT Act, scaled second reading in the Senate yesterday in what looked like a desperate move to save its President, Bukola Saraki, from his ongoing trial at the CCT on alleged false assets declaration.
It also set machinery in motion for amendment of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, next week Tuesday, with a view to remove the jurisdictional power of the CCT on criminal matters as currently being exercised through Saraki’s trial.
The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaboshi (PDP, Delta North), was first introduced on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, April 12, and passed for second reading yesterday after making a lead debate on it.
The bill entitled, “A Bill for an Act to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act 1991 and for other related Matters, 2016” aims among others, to remove the bureau from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.