Nigerian Senate passes bill to protect whistle-blowers

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 9, 2017

According to him, the bill if passed into law would allow witnesses wear masks, bear pseudo names and receive protection from authorities. Fatima Raji-Rasaki, said the bill would help to develop businesses in Nigeria.

The bill was sponsored by late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, in 2016.

In the Bill, which seeks to protect witnesses, it also made provisions for stiff punishment for anyone who abruptly pulls out of any ongoing case for which he's standing in a witness.

Moving a motion for the consideration of the report, David Umaru, chairman of the committee, said the bill was seeking to create a protection programme for witnesses who were willing to provide information to the government in the course of litigation.

"It is to give impetus to the current anti-corruption drive of this administration".

"Such a programme is a universally accepted programme for the protection of witnesses willing to provide information and evidence for the objective of enhancing a justice system and whose lives may be threatened as a result thereof. No doubt it will also restore confidence in our justice system".

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In passing the Bill yesterday, it was an emotional environment in the Senate chamber as the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters which handled the Bill was considered by the parliament because it was a Bill sponsored by the late Senator Adeleke.

Saraki stated this in Abuja on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the launch of "Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story, " a book written by Senator Dino Melaye.

After the passage of the bill, Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, who presided over the session, said bill would go a long way towards ensuring better delivery of justice.

"This is one of our contributions to that process".

The bill which was titled Witness Protection Programme (Establishment etc), SB 157, was passed today Thursday, June 8.

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