Posted on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 04:04 AM

The  Senate is on the verge of probing how the Paris Club refunds and other bailout funds doled out to state governors by President Muhammadu Buhari were approved.

Senator Samuel Anyanwu from Imo East, who sought the leave of the senate to move a motion on the matter during Thursday's plenary queried the legality of the funds given to governors by President Buhari‎ .

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who presided over plenary sought the leave of his colleagues and approved that a proper motion be brought in another legislative day.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the 2018-2020 Medium-Term ‘Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper to the Senate for consideration and subsequent approval.

In a letter read at Thursday's  plenary, by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Buhari said the MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper were prepared against the backdrop of a generally adverse global economic uncertainty as well as fiscal challenges and recovery in the domestic economy. 

President Buhari explained that this is to ensure that the planned spending is set at prudent and sustainable levels, which is consistent with government’s overall developmental objectives and inclusive growth.

It will be recalled that the Federal Executive Council had in August approved the 2018-2020 medium term expenditure framework MTEF and the fiscal strategy paper FSP.

The Senate on Tuesday condemned the arrest of Supreme court judges and the raids of their residence by the Department of State Services.

In a three point recommendation, the Senate after deliberation on a motion by Senator Joshua Lidani further mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the DSS and report back in four weeks.

The upper chamber however refrained from inviting the DG of DSS, Lawal Daura to explain reasons for their actions.

In his presentation, Senator Lidani noted that the gestapo invasion at those odd hours was not only unlawful but a threat to due process.

Other senators who contributed noted that although the judges had no immunity and could be tried, the arrest was the responsibilities of the Nigeria Police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission or the National Judicial Council.

In his ruling, President of the Senate Bukola Saraki noted that though the National Assembly is in support of the corruption fight of the President, such actions must be within the ambit of the law.

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