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Senate: Ningi bags three months suspension over budget padding claims

Senator Abdul Ningi represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly | File Image

Akpabio, who described Ningi’s offences as “grievous”, conducted a voice vote during which most of the lawmakers voted in support of Ningi’s suspension for three months.

By Yahaya Ahmed

The Senate leadership of Godswill Akpabio has suspended Senator Abdul Ningi over allegations of N3.7trn padding of the 2024 Budget.

Ningi, from Bauchi Central Senatorial District, was suspended on Tuesday March 12, 2024, for three months after a long stormy session in the red chamber.

Nigeria News Flight gathered that a member of the Appropriation Committee in the Senate, Jimoh Ibrahim, first moved the motion for Ningi’s suspension for 12 months over allegations of criminal misinformation and breach of peace in the National Assembly and the country by extension.

Besides, other lawmakers like Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong moved for the amendment of the motion by Ibrahim.

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Ekpenyong, who is from Cross River South Senatorial District; and Senator Abdulfatai Buhari from Oyo North prayed for the reduction of the suspension to six and three months, respectively.

Akpabio, who described Ningi’s offences as “grievous”, conducted a voice vote during which most of the lawmakers voted in support of Ningi’s suspension for three months.

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