Saturday, 26 May, 2018


Senator Omo-Agege attends plenary session

Sen. Ovie Omo Agege back in Senate Sen. Ovie Omo Agege back in Senate
Melba Vasquez | 17 May, 2018, 10:46

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.

In dismissing it, however, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that the application along with the notice of appeal, on which it was anchored, was based on a wrong notion of the judgment being challenged.

Justice Dimgba held that the decision of the Senate to suspend Omo-Agege for instituting the suit was a clear breach of Section 4 (8) and 6 (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, saying that, "Access to court is a constitutional right that can not be taken away from".

Alex Izinyon (SAN) had while objecting to the application said he thought the Senate will withdraw the application because it said it will obey the judgment of the Court.

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.

THEWILL recalls that the high court had in its judgment, held that the reason the Senate adduced for suspending Omo-Agege was unconstitutional.

The lawmaker was suspended for 90 legislative days after he took the upper legislative chamber to court in a bid to prevent his suspension following his disagreement with the position of the senate on the election reordering bill.

Justice Dimgba held that while the Senate has the powers to sanction its erring members to protect its integrity, he said no institution or authority has the powers to deny any citizen his right of access to the court.

The Senate appealed the ruling but said in a statement that while it was waiting for a stay of execution, it would not stop the lawmaker from resuming plenary.

The Judge said that if an application is appealing against reliefs he refused to grant, is of no significance to the vacation of the suspension order.

The judge noted that from the wording of the report of the Senate's Ethics and Privileges Committee which recommended Omo-Agege's suspension, he was punished for filing a suit against the Senate after apologising to the legislative house over the allegation levelled against him.

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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