The Nigerian Senate has suspended its former leader, Ali Ndume, who called for investigation of allegations of importing a bullet proof range rover with fake documents involving Senate President Bukola Saraki and the certificate scandal that involved Dino Melaye.
The decision to suspend Ndume was reached on Wednesday, after the resolution to uphold the recommendation of the committee on ethics and privileges chaired by Samuel Anyanwu.
He was suspended for six months, instead of one year originally recommended by the ethics committee.
Mr. Anyanwu, whose committee convened investigative hearing on the two matters on Monday, reported that Mr. Ndume failed to conduct proper investigation before making “the allegations”.
But during the investigative hearing, Mr. Ndume told the committee he did not make allegation or raise a petition against the duo of Mr. Melaye and Mr. Saraki but only raised the issues, having read them in the newspaper.
Last week, Mr. Ndume had said the matters had made the Senate subject of public ridicule, thereby calling for probe.
“When we see anything against another Senator, we must bring it to the floor of the Senate before making hurtful statement,” said Barau Jibrin in his contribution before Wednesday’s vote was taken.
Messrs. Saraki and Melaye were cleared of any wrongdoing in the matters.
*Curled from PremiumTimes