Omo-Agege attends Senate plenary

Ruben Fields
May 17, 2018

However, he is now in the Senate chamber, where the lawmakers are now in a closed-door session which began shortly after President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the opening prayers.

The Senate thereafter suspended Ovie Omo-Agege, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator from Delta state, for 90 legislative days.

He therefore held that the motion was not anchored on any cognisable ruling that was delivered by his court and that he could not grant an order for stay of execution as prayed by the defendants.

They had urged the court to stay the execution of the judgment pending the hearing and determination of the appeals against the May 10, 2018 judgment. And to be genuine, it must realistically target the actual decision that was reached by the court, and which enforcement is being asked to be stayed.

"On the sole reason that the application and the notice of appeal do not show that they are targeted at the judgment of this court of May 10, 2018 sought to be stayed, I believe that I am left with no choice than to exercise my discretion in refusing the application".

Dimgba recalled that he dismissed, among other reliefs the request by Omo-Agege to stop the Senate from punishing him for any offence he has committed.

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Contrasting the attitudes of both the Federal Government and the Senate to court orders, Falana said the Red Chamber's decision on Tuesday "is highly commendable in a country where official impunity has since been institutionalised". "I hereby dismiss it for lacking its merit", he held.

Omo-Agege was suspended in April following his comments at a press conference that the proposed amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act to change the sequence of elections set by INEC was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court noted that it was wrong for the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to suspend Omo-Agege for going to court after he had apologised over his comments against the Senate.

"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 and ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege all his salaries and allowances.

Na'Allah, who read out the synopsis of the letter to be sent to the senators, noted that the testimonies given by various security personnel at the National Assembly Complex before the panel had implicated Omo-Agege and Ndume.

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