Omo-Agege: Court rejects Senate's stay of execution request

Omo Agege resumes Senate plenary

Ndume represents Borno South while Omo-Agege represents Delta Central and are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

A week after, Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) drew the attention of the Senate specifically to the comments made by Mr Omo-Agege.

His suspension was based on his comment that amendment to section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

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.

The committee said the punishment was imperative because the senator took the issue to court after it was referred to the committee.

Omo-agege is expected to face a joint adhoc committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly later in the day, to explain his role in the imbroglio.

The trial Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, while dismissing the application by the Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, which was argued by their counsel, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), said the application was misdirected and lacking in merit.

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Yet, some lawmakers who spoke on conditions of anonymity said, "By and large, the embattled lawmaker may not escape the looming hammer of the National Assembly".

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".

The Judge said, the present application which the Senate sought a stay of execution of the nullification of the suspension of the Senator from the Senate, did not align with the judgment he delivered on May 10.

He said the true position of things was that the court had after it rejected reliefs one to seven in Omo-Agege's suit, granted an ominibus prayer that urged it to make any order it deemed fit in the circumstance of the case.

"This is highly commendable in a country where official impunity has since been institionalised", he stated.

Last week Thursday, a Federal High Court in Abuja nullified the suspension of Omo-Agege for 90 days by his colleagues and declared it illegal.

"In the same vein, Colonel Sambo Dasuki ought to be released on bail in line with the orders of the Federal High Court, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory and the Community Court of Justice Economic Community of West African States", Mr Falana stated.

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