After a truckload of criticism, the Senate bowed to pressure by withdrawing its decision to amend the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and the Code of Conduct Bureau Acts (CCB). The legislature, which had passed the bills seeking amendments of the Acts into first and second reading, has resolved to suspend further work on the bill. It also resolved to suspend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act amendment bill and remain firmly with its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, until proven guilty.
The Senate also instructed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to suspend further work on the investigation of Senator Kabiru Marafa over alleged unethical acts against the Senate and asked all senators with pending issues in cout against it to withdraw them. This resolution was reached after a close session that convened following a point of order by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo East), who said he was not comfortable with the inclusion of the report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, in respect of a complaint from Senator Isa Misau (APC, Bauchi North) and two others against Senator Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara South), in the Senate Order Paper for the day.
The committee had examined Marafa over a publication in a national daily on February 7, for allegedly misleading the public against the National Assembly. After two months of receiving the committee’s report, the Senate had scheduled yesterday for consideration of the report.