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Senate Reintroduces Whistleblower Bill – Lifestyle Nigeria

Senate has reintroduced a bill seeking to protect whistleblowers after a number of failed attempts.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the bill, sponsored by Opeyemi Bamidele, the Senate Majority leader, passed its first reading on Tuesday.

The eighth Senate under the leadership of Bukola Saraki passed the whistleblower and another legislation for witness protection.

The legislation sought to protect whistleblowers against victimisation and loss of jobs.

However, the whistleblower bill got stuck during the second reading in the house of representatives and did not make it through to a third reading by the time the ninth assembly ended.

Under the senate led by Ahmad Lawan, the whistleblower and witness bills were consolidated and reintroduced as one single legislation.

But the sponsor of the bill, Benjamin Uwajumogu, senator representing Imo north at the time, died a month after he reintroduced it in 2019 and there was no further legislative action on the bill after his demise

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