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BREAKING:Senate to prob Buhari over unaproval withdrawal of a sum of $496 million

ABUJA- THE Senate has begun moves to probe
President Muhammadu Buhari for paying a
whopping sum of $496 million to the United
State Government for the purchase of Tucano
Aircraft without approval by the National
Assembly.
Super Tucano
The Senate described the action as a
total breach of the Constitution especially
section 80 where the procedure for that
was not followed by the Executive arm of
government, just as some Senators
described the action of the President as
an impeachable one.
The Senate has however mandated Senator
David Umaru, APC, Niger East led Committee
on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters
to investigate the matter and report back at
plenary next week Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki
however saved President Muhammadu Buhari
from impeachment moves for paying a
whopping sum of $496 million to the United
State Government for the purchase of Tucano
Aircraft without approval by the National
Assembly, as he referred the matter to the
Senate Committee.
Saraki came to the rescue of the President,
however said that the arguments raised on the
matter was valid.
Actions of the Senate followed a motion by the
Chairman, Senate Committee on Public
Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, PDP,
Edo South who raised it that the action of
President Buhari was a complete violation of
the law and asked that section 143 should be
invoked.
The motion was supported by Senator
Chukwuka Utazi, PDP, Enugu North, saying, ” it
is an impeachable offence, things must be done
in their right perspectives.”
Senator Urhoghide’s motion came shortly after
the deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn
Na’allah presented the Executive
Communication on Inclusion of USD 496, 374,
470 (Equivalent of N151, 394, 494, 335.00) in
the year 2018 Appropriation Bill that the Senate
do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C
on the inclusion of USD 496, 374, 470
(Equivalent of N151, 394, 494, 335.00) only in
the year 2018 Appropriation Bill for the
purchase of Super Tucano Aircraft from the US
Government.
According to Senator Urhighide, Section 143.
reads, “1) The President or Vice-President may
be removed from office in accordance with the
provisions of this section.
(2) Whenever a notice of any allegation in
writing signed by not less than one-third of the
members of the National Assembly:-
(a) is presented to the President of the Senate;
“b) stating that the holder of the office of
President or Vice-President is guilty of gross
misconduct in the performance of the functions
of his office, detailed particulars of which shall
be specified, the President of the Senate shall
within seven days of the receipt of the notice
cause a copy thereof to be served on the
holder of the office and on each member of the
National Assembly, and shall also cause any
statement made in reply to the allegation by
the holder of the office to be served on each
member of the National Assembly.
(3) Within fourteen days of the presentation of
the notice to the President of the Senate
(whether or not any statement was made by
the holder of the office in reply to the allegation
contained in the notice) each House of the
National Assembly shall resolve by motion
without any debate whether or not the
allegation shall be investigated.
(4) A motion of the National Assembly that the
allegation be investigated shall not be declared
as having been passed, unless it is supported
by the votes of not less than two-thirds
majority of all the members of each House of
the National Assembly.
(5) Within seven days of the passing of a
motion under the foregoing provisions, the
Chief Justice of Nigeria shall at the request of
the President of the Senate appoint a Panel of
seven persons who in his opinion are of
unquestionable integrity, not being members of
any public service, legislative house or political
party, to investigate the allegation as provide in
this section.
(6) The holder of an office whose conduct is
being investigated under this section shall have
the right to defend himself in person and be
represented before the Panel by legal
practitioners of his own choice.
(7) A Panel appointed under this section shall

(a) have such powers and exercise its functions
in accordance with such procedure as may be
prescribed by the National Assembly; and
(b) within three months of its appointment
report its findings to each House of the
National Assembly.
(8) Where the Panel reports to each House of
the National Assembly that the allegation has
not been proved, no further proceedings shall
be taken in respect of the matter.
(9) Where the report of the Panel is that the
allegation against the holder of the office has
been proved, then within fourteen days of the
receipt of the report at the House the National
Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a
resolution of each House of the National
Assembly supported by not less than two-
thirds majority of all its members, the report of
the Panel is adopted, then the holder of the
office shall stand removed from office as from
the date of the adoption of the report.
(10) No proceedings or determination of the
Panel or of the National Assembly or any
matter relating thereto shall be entertained or
questioned in any court.
(11) In this section –
“gross misconduct” means a grave violation or
breach of the provisions of this Constitution or
a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the
opinion of the National Assembly to gross
misconduct.”
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