The usual fracas happened again in the Senate. This time around, Senator Ali Ndume was at the receiving end when the Senate had him suspended for six months. His offence was not “making due diligence” before filing a petition against the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki and lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.
Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions made the recommendation in its report, which was considered by the lawmakers at the plenary on Wednesday.
The suspension was to take effect immediately.
The punitive action by the Senate was the fallout of the controversy surrounding the impounding of an armoured Range Rover jeep by the Nigeria Customs Service.
The latest drama in the Senate was not also unconnected with the controversy surrounding the summoning and refusal of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, retired Colonel Hameed Ali at the Senate floor.
The Senate had, on March 21, 2017, decided to investigate the allegation that an armoured Range Rover car said to worth N298m, but which the lawmakers said cost $298,000, seized by the Nigeria Customs Service belongs to the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The move was based on a point of order raised by Ndume, who also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Senator Dino Melaye.
The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11, 2017, by the service for allegedly having fake documents.
An online news platform, Sahara Reporters, had earlier reported that Dino Melaye did not graduate from the Ahmad Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State, but was parading a fake certificate.
But Ndume had said previous certificate scandals involving members of the National Assembly were probed by the lawmakers.