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April 21, 2024
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NGO calls for removal of governors’ immunity for accountability

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By Ebere Agozie

The Alliance For The Defence of Niger Delta (ADND) has urged the National Assembly to repeal the law which guaranteed immunity for governors and their deputy from prosecution.

ADND made the call in a statement by its leaders Johnson Mba-Ngei and Sobomabo Ikriko on Friday in Abuja.

The NGO said the immunity clause has been a barrier to holding state governors accountable for misconduct and mismanagement of public resources.

“By eliminating this clause, governors will be subjected to scrutiny and legal action, thereby promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance at the state level”.

It also canvassed for an urgent constitutional amendment to empower traditional rulers and ensure greater accountability among state governors in Nigeria.

“The call was in response to the pressing need to address Nigeria’s security challenges and enhance governance accountability, as highlighted in a recent article titled “Mohammed Ndarani Mohammed SAN Advocates Empowering Traditional Rulers: A Solution to Nigeria’s Security Challenges and Governance Accountability.”

“The article underscores the insights that traditional rulers are deeply rooted in their communities and possess unique knowledge and influence that can significantly contribute to maintaining peace and order at the grassroots level”.

ADND emphasised the need for specific amendments to facilitate the active engagement of traditional rulers in the security affairs of their domains.

“Strengthening the role of traditional institutions in collaboration with law enforcement agencies is essential for effective community policing and the protection of lives and property in the Niger Delta region and beyond.

“By empowering traditional rulers and ensuring accountability among state governors, we can collectively address Nigeria’s security challenges and foster a more transparent and responsive governance system for the benefit of all Nigerians.

It urged all stakeholders, including lawmakers, government officials, civil society organisations, and the general public, to support these constitutional amendments. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

 

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