Despite Court Order, Omo-Agege Fails to Resume Senate Plenary

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"Having regard to the settled position of the law as expoused by our courts in not less than five cases wherein the suspension of legislators by legislative houses was annulled and set aside the Senate should withdraw the appeal filed against the judgment of the Federal High Court in the case of Senator Omo-Agege".

The joint Senate and House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the invasion of the Senate chamber and the snatching of its mace has invited Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume.

The court also presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba declared Omo-Agege's suspension unconstitutional.

Dimgba recalled that he had dismissed, among other reliefs sought by the plaintiff, that the Senate should not punish him for any offence.

The Senate had on April 12, 2018, suspended Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days for dragging the chamber to court over the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 which seeks to reshuffle the sequence of polls during a general election.

Speaking on the recent development, Omo-Agege's lawyer confirmed the news to Premium Times.

Late Monday, the Senate in a press statement by its spokesperson Sabi Abdullahi, said it would not stop Mr Omo-Agege from resuming his office and at plenary.

He added that even if the Senate had rightly suspended the senator, it could only have suspended him for only a period of 14 days - as prescribed in the Senate rules.

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According to him, Omo-Agege's right was not breached when the Senate referred him to its committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Relations.

The court equally dismissed preliminary objections the Senate and Saraki filed to challenge its jurisdiction to hear the suit.

Justice Dimgba said the court has powers under section 4 (8) of the 1999 constitution to intervene in affairs of the Senate, "whether internal or external, when it acts beyond it's powers or in breach of the constitution".

The duo, as stated in separate letters of invitations sent to them for appearance today, are to answer questions on allegations of aiding the invaders who forced their way into the chamber and seized the Senate mace.

"This court is minded to say that the reason for the suspension of the plaintiff by the 1st and 2nd defendants was unconstitutional", Justice Dimgba said.

"I hereby nullify the suspension of the plaintiff (Omo-Agege) which was based on the recommendations of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions with immediate effect".

NAIJ.com had also reported how a group of hoodlums stormed the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly during it's Wednesday, April 18, plenary session and stole the mace.

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