False allegation: Senate suspends Ndume for six months

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  • Clears Saraki of wrongdoing

  • Okays Melaye on perjury

[Abuja]–The senate, during its plenary session, has suspended Ali Ndume, former majority leader and senator representing Borno south for raising false allegations of importing a bullet proof range rover with fake documents against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and perjury involving Senator Dino Melaye.

The senate made the decision following the report of Senator Samuel Anyanwu-led committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which recommended for his suspension for one legislative year.

After much deliberation, the senate however suspends the senator for six months as against the one year recommmendation.

It will be recalled that Ndume who was immediate past Senate Leader had called for the probe of his colleagues after a publication in national dailies reported that “the Senate President, Bukola Saraki bought SUV bullet proof Jeep worth N370 million without paying it’s Custom duties.”

The motion he raised also called for the investigation of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi East Senatorial district who allegedly did not graduate from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria as claimed by Sahara Reporters.

The Anyanwu-led committee convened investigative hearing on the two matters on Monday, and thereafter reported that Mr. Ndume failed to conduct proper investigation before making “the allegations”.

The committee subsequently cleared the duo of Saraki and Melaye but concluded that Ndume be suspended to serve as deterrent to others.

After the decision was taken, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary, concluded that, “Lessons has been learnt from this, and going forward we should investigate matters first before drawing conclusions.”

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