President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the bill conferring immunity on lawmakers and some officers of the National Assembly.
In a ceremony performed today, the president also signed seven other bills into law.
The bill called the “Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges), Act 2018, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang grants members of the Legislative Houses immunity from litigation for actions taken in plenary or proceedings of their committees.
The bill covers both members of the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly and it is meant to strengthen the power of the lawmakers to carry out their legislative functions.
Enang said that the functions included powers to summon any person to appear before her and give evidence.
He stated that the law also granted power to an officer of the legislative House to arrest any person who commits an offence against the Act.
Other bills signed into law same day included Rail Loan (International Bank) (Repeal) Act, 2018, Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain (Domestication and Enforcement) Act, 2018; Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (Establishment), Act, 2018; the Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2018 and Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration Act, 2018.