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Reps move to insulate judiciary from executive

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

The house of Representatives has resolved to insulate judicial officers from interference by the executive.

This is sequel to the passage for second reading of a Bill for an Act to Amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, sponsored by a member from Rivers State Mr Solomon Bob and 6 others.

Leading the debate, Mr Bob explained that the Bill seeks to protect judicial officers from control and abuse by the executive.

This according to the lawmaker include, arbitrary or forceful removal from office, without going through the requirement of section 292 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

“The section mandates only an address from a state assembly as being the basis upon which a judicial officer can be removed from office. It’s either such a removal that the officer can be tried by a court of law”, he said.

Contributing to the debate, a member from Anambra State Mr Ifeanyi Momah, suggested that since the code of conduct covers all public officers and not only judicial officers, the house can amend the code of conduct bureau and tribunal Act in isolation from the constitution.

After a voice vote, the house passed the bill for second reading and referred it to the committee on anti corruption.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Muzha Kucha