Senate’s Amendment of CCT Dangerous, Says NLC

  • Says amendment aimed at scuttling Saraki’s trial

By Paul Obi

The Nigerian Labour Congress on Sunday accused the Senate of setting a wrong precedence with the amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, stating that the move portends a dangerous trend.

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, explained that the timing of the amendment was fraught with an ulterior motive, taking cognizance of the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

According to the NLC, the stiff opposition the amendment has 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.

Wabba stated: “In the past one week, the Senate initiated a process for the amendment of the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau  and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

“It cited as reasons for the amendment, the need to give every public officer (appearing before the tribunal) a fair hearing, justice and equity ( in line with the provisions of Section 36[2] [a] of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the need to remove from political control, the two bodies which now play a critical role in the administration of criminal justice system.”

The NLC president expressed labour’s reservation on the speedy reading of the bill on the floor of the Senate.