The lawmakers of the senate have rejected a recommendation to blacklist two newspapers from covering its activities, following a petition by Ahmed Lawan, senate leader.
Petition i: Demand that @THISDAYLIVE and @MobilePunch retract their stories as pushlished and tender apology.
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) October 18, 2017
The senate leader had written a petition, claiming that two Nigerian newspapers allegedly reported that angry youth prevented him from gaining access to his constituency.
It is understood that the matter was subsequently referred to the committee on ethics and privileges.
TheCable reports that during the presentation of the report on Wednesday for consideration, the chairman of the ethics committee, Sam Anyanwu, said it was recommended that the newspapers publish a retraction and be blacklisted from covering the activities of the upper legislative chamber.
However, the senator representing Abia south, Enyinnaya Abaribe, told his colleagues that instead of blacklisting the newspapers, they should tender “unreserved apologies”.
“I would want for us to please consider mitigating this proposed punishment of blacklisting but they should tender unreserved apologies,” Abaribe said.
Abaribe’s motion was seconded by Barau Jibrin, senator representing Kano north.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremade, then placed the two recommendations to a voice vote
It was gathered that the legislators voted “aye” for the newspapers to tender an apology to Lawan, and “nay” for them to be blacklisted.