Senator Ningi suspended for three months over 2024 budget padding claim

The Nigerian Senate has suspended Senator Abdul Ningi for three months over allegations of padding the 2024 budget.

Despite initially making these statements during an interview with BBC Hausa Service over the weekend, Ningi retracted his comments on Monday, stating that he had been misquoted because he spoke in Hausa language.

Reacting to Ningi’s allegation, a member of the Appropriation Committee in the Senate, Jimoh Ibrahim, first moved the motion for Ningi’s suspension for 12 months but was later reduced to three months after other lawmakers like Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong moved for the amendment of the motion.

The suspended senator represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the national assembly. Ningi was suspended after a rowdy session for allegations of criminal misinformation and breach of peace in the national assembly and the country by extension.

Senators engaged in a heated discussion regarding allegations by Senator Ningi, who claimed that the 2024 budget had been inflated by N3 trillion and that two different versions were being circulated.

During Tuesday’s session, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, head of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, brought up a concern regarding a claim made by Ningi. This prompted a motion for an investigation, which Senator Joel Onawakpo supported. Subsequently, a lively debate among senators ensued.

However, Senator Adamu Aliero from Kebbi Central Senatorial District raised a procedural point, urging Senate President Godswill Akpabio to ensure fairness by allowing the individuals involved to present their perspectives on the matter.

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