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BREAKING: Senate Suspends Ningi For Three Months Over Budget Padding Claim

The Senate suspended Senator Abdul Ningi, the Bauchi Senator, on Tuesday over his BBC Hausa interview where he alleged some discrepancies in the 2024 budget.

After a long debate that descended into chaos, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim from Ondo State rose to add a prayer after the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, had read three prayers in the motion.

Akpabio had read that based on Section 1b of the Senate standing order, the Senate is urged “to take appropriate action on the matter,” and a motion was unanimously taken.

The second prayer was for the Senate to “take steps to correct the wrong impression from Abdul Ningi’s interview,” and thirdly, “take any further decision as the Senate deems fit to protect the 2024 budget.”

Senator Ibrahim, while contributing to the motion, said, “Ningi should be suspended for an initial period of 12 months,” including stopping his benefits and privileges, while Senator Sumaila Kawu, a Kano State senator, should be warned to stop posting anything negative against the Senate on account of his social media posts.

The time of suspension was put to voice votes when it was amended to three months.

“So distinguished senator Ningi, you have been suspended from the Senate for three months,” Akpabio announced.

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