Senate suspends Ali Ndume over Saraki, Melaye probe
The Nigerian Senate has suspended Senator Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, for six months.
The Senate came to this conclusion this Wednesday after considering the report of its Committee on Ethics and Privileges which was directed to investigate the matter tabled against Senator Dino Melaye and the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki by Ndume.
The committee cleared Senate President of the allegation of taking vengeance on Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), for seizing a vehicle purportedly belonging to him.
Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi state, was also cleared of the allegation of forging his degree certificate.
The committee recommended that Senator Ndume be suspended for 181 sitting days, for bringing unfounded and unverified allegations against the Senate President and Senator Melaye.
However a Federal lawmakers appealed that Senator Ndume be suspended for six months instead, an appeal the Upper Legislative chamber adopted.
The Senate has been having a running battle with Ali since the customs announced that it would commence collection of duty on old cars, and the subsequent refusal of Ali to appear before the Senators in uniform.