Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Omo-Agege attends Senate plenary

Omo-Agege attends Senate plenary

He noted that notwithstanding that "the motion for stay of execution of the judgment of the Honourable Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (of the Federal High Court in Abuja) delivered last week in the case of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege v The Senate has not been heard and determined by the Federal High Court, the Senate resolved yesterday to comply with the terms of the judgment".

Omo-agege arrived the senate chamber at exactly 10:20 a.m. and went straight to sign the attendance register at the entrance.

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

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

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.

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

Omo-Agege had headed to the court to seek redress following his suspension against the Senate (1st defendant), the Senate President (2nd defendant), and the Attorney General of the Federation (3rd).

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It said the court ruled that the said motion by Mr Omo-Agege was actually refused, hence the motion against it was considered not meritorious.

By the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018, Omo-Agege, had challenged his suspension from the Senate, saying it was illegal.

Justice Dimgba in his ruling, also said that the Senate can only suspend an erring lawmaker for 14 legislative days.

The court ordered the Senate to recall the plaintiff immediately and equally pay him any salary or allowance that accrued to him within the period he was illegally suspended.

Dimgba said that the reason given by the Senate and the Senate President for suspending Omo-Agege was unconstitutional. 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.

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

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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