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Senate Suspends Ali Ndume, Clears Saraki, Dino Melaye Of False Allegations

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The Senate on Wednesday suspended Senator Ali Ndume for six months for raising false allegations against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Dino Melaye through order 14 and 15 at plenary last week.

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

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 an online newspaper.

The plenary presided by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu as Saraki had to step down since he was involved for fairness discussed extensively and having weighed options resolved that Ndume be suspended.

However, the committee in its report exonerated the Senate President and Dino Melaye, pointedly concluded that suspension of Ndume was appropriate to serve as deterrent to others.


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