Omo-Agege: Court dismisses senate's suit to stay judgment execution

Omo-Agege: Court dismisses senate's suit to stay judgment execution

"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".

NAIJ.com earlier reported that a joint ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives investigating the recent invasion of the upper chamber by alleged hoodlums and stealing of the mace has summoned Ali Ndume and Ovie Omo-Agege.

The judge, therefore, nullified Omo-Agege's suspension "with immediate effect".

That the appeal before him is against the reliefs of the plaintiff that is: Senator Omo-Agege which were not granted not granted by the court.

The Senate and Saraki had through their lawyer, Mr. Mahmoud Magaji, SAN, prayed the court to suspend omo-Agege's resumption pending hearing and determination of an appeal they filed to challenge his recall.

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.

The mace is the symbol of authority and power of the legislature.

Justice Dimgba, while dismissing the application argued on behalf of the Senate and Senate President by Mahmud Mogaji, said the application was misdirected and lacking in merit.

Dimgba, in his judgement, held that the suspension of the Senator during the pendency of the suit was unconstitutional and an affront on the judiciary.

Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate on Tuesday amid expectations that the budget bill might be considered and passed next week.

Meanwhile the Lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Omo-Agege, was at the Senate chamber this morning.

Aside the Senate and Saraki, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, was equally cited as a defendant in the suit. 6, 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017 is an act calculated to interfere with or likely to constitute a breach of the plaintiff's fundamental human right to freedom of expression without interference as guaranteed by Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 [as amended] and Article 9 (2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN, 2004.

The matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate which recommended 181 days of suspension.

The invitation was sequel to testimonies from heads of different security agencies within the National Assembly alleging that Omo-Agege led seven unauthorised personnel into the red chamber and disrupted plenary.

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