BREAKING : Senate suspends Ndume for six months
Leke Baiyewu , Abuja
The Senate, on Wednesday , suspended former Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume , for six months for not “ making due diligence” before filing a petition against the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki and lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District , Senator Dino Melaye .
Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions made the recommendation in its report , which was considered by the lawmakers at the plenary on Wednesday .
The suspension was to take effect immediately.
The Senate had, on March 21 , 2017 , decided to investigate the allegation that an armoured Range Rover car said to worth N 298m , but which the lawmakers said cost $ 298 , 000 , seized by the Nigeria Customs Service belongs to the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The move was based on a point of order raised by Ndume , who also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Senator Dino Melaye .
An online news portal , Sahara Reporters , which made the allegation in a report published on March 18 , 2017 , said the seizure of the Sports Utility Vehicle , allegedly belonging to Saraki, was the reason why the Senate was moving against the Controller General of the NCS , Col . Hammed Ali ( retd . ) .
The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11 , 2017 , by the service for allegedly having fake documents .
Sahara Reporters had also in another report alleged that Melaye did not graduate from the Ahmad Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State , but was parading a fake certificate .
Ndume had said previous certificate scandals involving members of the National Assembly were probed by the lawmakers .
The former Majority Leader also quoted an online medium with a report titled, ‘ Dino Melaye Allegedly Did Not Graduate From University . ’
“ Therefore , accordingly, I will appeal we refer the matter to Ethics and Privileges to investigate so that our colleagues would be cleared and this Senate will stand as it is supposed to , ” he said .
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu , who presided over the plenary on that day , referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics , Privileges and Public Petitions , which was asked to report back to the lawmakers in four weeks .
Source: The Punch