Senate Suspends Abdul Ningi Over Unsubstantiated Allegations

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News Investigators/ The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday suspended, Abdul Ningi, the Senator representing Bauchi Central in the National Assembly, accusing of criminal misinformation and act capable of breach of peace in National Assembly and Nigeria.

Mr. Ningi was suspended for 3 months over unsubstantiated allegations that the 2024 budget was “padded” to the tune of N3trillion.

The Bauchi senator who until his suspension was the Chairman, Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF) had in an interview with BBC Hausa service over the weekend alleged that two versions of 2024 budget exits and that the N28.7trillion Appropriation law being implemented by President Bola Tinubu was not the version passed by the Senate last December.

The BBC Hausa Service reported that Mr. Ningi claimed the National Assembly passed N25 trillion as 2024 budget and not the N28.7 trillion.

The former Deputy Senate Leader had also accused Senate President Godswill Akpabio of inserting projects worth N4 trillion in the 2024 budget.

He further alleged that the projects, which had no locations, were inserted into the budget, which according to him was skewed against the North and some parts of the South.

The northern senators also accused Akpabio of railroading the senators to hurriedly pass the budget, adding that it favoured Akpabio and his cronies.

However, Ningi has since denied making those allegations, arguing that he was misquoted.

During plenary on Tuesday, Senator Olamilekan Adeola (APC, Ogun West), in a motion urged the Senate to address the false allegations by Ningi.

Mr. Adeola, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, then read the transcript of Mr. Ningi’s Hausa BBC interview after the senate dissolved into a committee of the whole.

A Senator representing Ondo South, Jimoh Ibrahim, first moved the motion for Ningi’s suspension for 12 months on allegations of criminal misinformation and breach of peace in the National Assembly and the country by extension.

However, some lawmakers were opposed to 12 months suspension.

Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, representing Cross River South Senatorial District, moved for the amendment of the motion by Mr. Ibrahim, urging to reduce the suspension to 3 months.

The session became heated with Majority of the Senators clamoring that it should be reduced to 3 months.
The motion for 3 months suspension was upheld.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ningi had resigned his position as Chairman, Northern Senators Forum.

Some members of NSF had faulted Ningi’s allegations saying that he merely expressed his personal views and not the view of the forum.

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