Senate: Why we can’t initiate death penalty bill for treasury looters – TODAY

The has explained the why it is impossible to initiate a bill that prescribes penalty for looters.

This is coming after some Nigerians and groups called for a bill that prescribes death penalty for treasury looters instead of the lawmakers devoting to and bills.

The for the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, explained that death penalty for looters is impossible because the Senate cannot direct any to produce a bill.

Akwashiki, , challenged the arm of , groups or individuals to initiate bills that prescribe the death penalty for treasury looters and see if the upper chamber would not push them through.

“It is not possible for the Senate President to direct any senator to and produce a particular type of bill. of are elected to represent our constituency from various parts of the country,” he told newsmen.

The Senate spokesperson also said different punishments were already prescribed against corruption in the acts that established Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission, as well as the Economic and Commission.

“We have the ICPC and the EFCC and are punishments for offenders. I want to believe we are going gradually. However, any bill that would criminalise looting is a good proposal that the Senate could consider,” he said.

He also described as untrue insinuations that senators, particularly former and ministers in the chamber, would reject such legislation in order to protect themselves.

He said, “We started a fight against corruption a few years ago when President got into office.

“The issue of a bill against corruption and looters in the Senate is a constitutional right of every senator, the executive arm of government, groups or private individuals.

“Anybody in the country is free to propose a bill through any senator. If have such a proposal, get in touch with your senator, sit down with him and convince him why want that type of to be enacted.”

Stressing that the red chamber would any bill that criminalises corruption, Akwashiki said, “This country belongs to all of us. Every person in this country has the right to present their in terms of enacting an Act for the benefit of the .

“When the Senate discovers there are many people requesting a particular bill, , one senator just and initiate a proposal and present it before his colleagues.”

He also said not all former governors or former ministers in the red chamber were corrupt.

He said, “We have 109 senators. How many are former governors or ministers?

“Are you saying we could get 60 senators who are either former governors or ministers?

“Senate is a place where everybody is free to express their , according to the wishes of the people who elected them.

“The Senate chamber is higher than any former or .”

Meanwhile, the Senate spokesperson said the red chamber had yet to discuss the issue of the death penalty in the speech bill because the proposal still remained the personal property of the sponsor until it passed second .

He said, “The issue of expunging the death penalty from the hate speech bill is not the decision of the Senate yet. There is a process of enacting an Act. The bill will pass , second and third readings.

“The hate speech bill has just been mentioned for the first time. It has not come up for a second reading. It is when it is introduced for the second time that the senators will for the first time voice out for or against the bill.

“For , the sponsor has said he will expunge the clause that prescribes the death penalty for hate speech; that is his own personal opinion.

“I have said it times without number that the hate speech bill is a private member bill. When we get to its second reading, that is when Nigerians will know the position of the Senate on the bill. If the bill does not pass second reading, that will be its end.

“The senators even decide to remove other clauses apart from the death penalty provision.”

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