This followed a call by some Senators for Sen. Marafa to be punished for always bringing the entire red chambers to disrepute through interviews he grants.
A Point of Order called by Sen. Isah Misau said that the interview published on the Punch Newspapers of Feb. 7, credited to Sen. Marafa was misleading and brought the Senate to disrepute.
Misau said that it was unfortunate that at a time when the Senate was working hard to pass the budget in good time, one of them was misleading Nigerians with falsehood.
He maintained that since it took him about 11 years to get to the Senate, that he would not overlook the situation where the integrity of the Senate and his is put on the spot by another lawmaker.
“Senator Kabir Marafa granted an interview misleading the public telling lies against this institution, the Senate. I think I have been called more than 500 times from my constituency in respect of this publication.
“I will not allow somebody who enjoyed the 7th Senate to come and not allow us to do our work properly here.
“Mr President, I think the leadership has to do something about this, we cannot allow one person to continue to tell lies against the Senate misleading the public.
“I think it is better we take decision so that we correct things not only Marafa, anybody that is here would not be allowed to be misleading the public.”
Matthew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South) who seconded the call, said that it was disheartening that a Senator would continually bring the entire Senate to disrepute.
“I want to say with every vehemence and every element of responsibility that publication as contained in the Punch smears the integrity of this house.
“The leadership of this house that I have so much reverence for have been brought to total disrepute.
“Mr President I want to say we need to take a drastic decision that will serve as a deterrent to other person that want position or pose like Marafa that will bring this distinguished Senate to disrepute.
“If anybody had bothered to read that interview, you will know that it is an issue that we must not treat with kid gloves.”
Urhoghide continued: “It is an issue that we must look at very dispassionately and this is not the time to raise unnecessary passions. We are all honorable men,” he said.
The Senate thereafter referred the motion to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Sen. Sam Anyanwu (PDP Imo) to report back in one week.
Earlier, the Senate went into an hour long executive session where it discussed issues relating to the budget consideration.