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NASS passes legislation to separate office of the AGF from Minister of Justice

The senate has passed bill for separation of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and that of the State from the Office of the Minister and Commissioner of Justice.

Prior to now, as provided by law, the Attorney General of the Federation doubles as the Minister of Justice as anyone appointed into the office plays the roles of a chief law officer and a minister.

The legislation seeks the amendment of Section 150 of the 1999 Constitution which provides for the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, who shall be the Chief Law Officer and a Minister of the Federation.

The red chamber also passed the bill for the removal of transitional Lawmaking powers of the executive but rejected the bill for expansion of the scope of Executive immunity to include other Arms of Government- Section 308

In the same vein, the senate also passed  the bill for membership of the National Security Council to Include Presiding Officers of the National Assembly.

The lawmakers also passed amendment for legislative powers to summon the President and Governors

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has rejected the bill seeking to include diaspora voting in the constitution. Out of the 298 votes, 58 voted for the bill while 240 voted against.

The Senate however passed the bill for independent candidacy to contest for an elective position


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