Senate suspends Ali Ndume for six months over Saraki, Dino Melaye allegations

*Senate suspends former leader Ali Ndume

*Senate suspends Ali Ndume, clears Melaye and Saraki of allegations

The Nigerian Senate has suspended Senator Ali Ndume for six months.

Senator Ndume is being accused of bringing Senator Dino Melaye, the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and the institution of the Senate to an unbearable disrepute.

The decision was taken by the Senate after considering the report of its Committee on Ethics and Privileges which was directed to investigate the matter.

In the report, the committee recommended that Senator Ndume be suspended for 181 sitting days, for bringing unfounded and unverified allegations against the Senate President and Senator Dino Melaye.

But a Federal lawmaker appealed that Senator Ndume be suspended for six months instead.

The plenary presided by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu as Saraki had to step down since he was involved for fairness discussed extensively and having weighed options resolved that Ndume be suspended.

However, the committee in its report exonerated the Senate President and Dino Melaye, pointedly concluded that suspension of Ndume was appropriate to serve as deterrent to others.

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