The Senate today suspended its former leader, Sen. Ali Ndume representing Borno south for six months, for bringing the Upper Chamber to unbearable disrepute over unverified allegations. The decisions followed the adoption of a report presented by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges headed by Senator Sam Anyanwu recommending among other things the suspension of Ndume for 181 legislative days.
Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that the committee also cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki of the allegation of taking vengeance on Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), for seizing a vehicle purportedly belonging to him and absolved Sen. Dino Melaye, from Kogi state, of the allegation of forging his degree certificate. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided during the consideration of the report noted the importance of investigating matters before tabling it before the senate. Sen. Ndume’s suspension takes effect from today, March 29, 2017.
Meanwhile, the Senate at plenary received the list of Ministerial nomination from President Mohammadu Buhari. The 2 nominees are Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Zarma Hassan from Gombe State. The two nominees are expected to fill the vacancies left by the demise of the Former Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Barr. James Ocholi and Hajia Amina Ibrahim who was recently appointed the deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. According to the President in an executive correspondence read by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the list was submitted for expeditious consideration by the Senate in accordance with Section 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.