Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, Friday, said the immunity clause recently debated in the House was without motive and not to protect anyone.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Namdas expressed shock at reports insinuating that the House, at its Tuesday, sitting approved immunity for the leadership of the National Assembly.
“Immunity is not done to protect anyone or because someone is in trouble, it is not done in any motif.
“People are reporting like we have given ourselves immunity. When the issue came up, it was hotly debated, there must be for and against”, Namdas said.
He said it will be unfair to say that the National Assembly does not support President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption war because it is considering immunity for the leadership of the National Assembly.
Commenting on the allegation of sexual misconduct against three lawmakers; Mohammed Gololo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah, Namdas said the lawmakers be given a fair hearing.
He added that the outgone Ambassador of United States to Nigeria, James Entwistle, did not follow the appropriate procedures of passing through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in his petition against the members.
“The committee has decided to hold a public hearing. We are not shielding anyone but we are going to give colleagues fair hearing.
“The ambassador did not follow the due process by passing through the minister but we are past that now”, he said.