SERAP faults Senate over Sagay invitation

| March 31, 2017

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A human rights advocacy organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, on Thursday, advised the leadership of the Senate to jettison its proposition to summon Prof. Itse Sagay, over a comment the scholar made against the lawmakers.

SERAP, in a statement by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mummuni, not only described the Senate’s proposition as unlawful and unconstitutional, it added that the legislature’s Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions had no moral right to summon Sagay.

The group, while admonishing the Senate to immediately refrain from the move to summon Sagay, stressed that the planned summons had no constitutional backing and could not withstand constitutional scrutiny.

It stated further that the move was an attempt to violate Sagay’s freedom of expression, arguing that it was “inimical to peace, order, good governance and the rule of law, and patently inconsistent with the Senate’s law-making and oversight functions.”

SERAP said, “The Senate is not immune from constitutional control simply because it’s a law-making body. In fact, the Senate has neither special immunity from the operation of the constitution nor special privilege to invade the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed right to freedom of expression of Prof. Sagay or other citizens for that matter.”

 

-PunchNg

 



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