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Senate to review four bills passed as presidency says it will not assent to

The Senate has made a move to review four bills passed by the National Assembly which the Presidency said it would not assent to.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while acting when President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom, had written to the Senate that he withdrew his assent to the bills based on various reasons.
The bills were Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016, National Lottery (Amendment) Bill 2016, Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Bill 2016, and the Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) (Amendment) Bill 2016.

The Senate had said it would consult with its legal team for advice on the decision.

Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, moved a motion for a review of two of the bills at the plenary yesterday.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, however, referred the bills to the committees who worked on them.

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