Allegation of budget padding leads to Senator Ningi’s suspension by the Senate

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Senator Abdul Ningi was handed a three-month suspension by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday for his accusations that the federal government was running two separate budgets.

After hours of debate, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim amended the prayers to Senator Solomon Adeola Olamilekan’s motion, and the suspension followed.

During an interview last Monday, Ningi said that the N3.7 trillion in funding could not be linked to any specific projects.

Senator Ekpeyong Asuquo of the Cross River South Senatorial District proposed a six-month suspension for him after Tuesday’s contentious debate.

A month-long hiatus was proposed, nevertheless, by Jigawa Senator AbdulRahid Mallam Maidori.

After putting the suggested prayers to a voice vote and suspending Ningi for six months, the Senate President maintained the three-month suspension in his remarks.


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