As Ministerial Screening Commences, Senate Suspends Amaechi’s Probe

Senate suspended the probe of former governor of Rivers State and a ministerial nominee, Rotimi Amaechi,as the Senate commences screening of ministerial nominees today, saying it would amount to subjudice as the case was in court.

Speaking yesterday when Amaechi and the former Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Amina Mohammed, arrived the Senate, Chairman Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East) said it was not feasible for the committee to still look at the petition or probe Amaechi.

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He said the issues raised in the petition before the committee were already in court, adding that in line with the Senate Standing Orders, senators will not attend to it.

Anyanwu said since the issues raised were in court, Senate would not want to run foul and brought the sitting to a close at 2.35 p.m.

Section 41(7) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended, reads: “The Senate shall not receive any petition on any matter for which there is a judicial remedy.”

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