Senator Omo-Agege withdraws his resumption at Nigerian Senate

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Senator Omo-Agege withdraws his resumption at Nigerian Senate

The leadership of the Senate on Monday night resolved to comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court on the Delta Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, who was previously suspended for 90 days.

His suspension was based on is 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.

"We have equally filed an appeal against the judgment of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgment at the Court of Appeal".

As early as 9:30 a.m., journalists stationed their cameras around the entrance of the Senate chamber to catch on tape the resumption of the senator.

At the hearing on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, chairman of the committee, Bala Ibn Na'Allah, said the summon was sequel to the testimonies of the DPO, the SSS and the sergeant at arms at the National Assembly.

The Federal High Court in Abuja last week nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate.

Asked if he would drag the security agencies to court, Omo-Agege said, "I know what to do, and they know that I know what to do".

However, Omo-Agege's inability to resume as promised may not be unconnected with the pending determination of the application by the upper chamber for stay of execution of the judgement delivered in favour of the lawmaker.

While Ndume's suspension effected by the Senate in March last year, was nullified by an Abuja High Court last October, Omo- Agege's suspension which started on the 12th of April this year, was nullified by similar court on Thursday last week.

When it reconvened, Omo-Agege was still absent.

Both Ndume and Omo-Agege as stated in separate letters of invitations sent to them for appearance today, are expected to answer questions on allegations of aiding the invaders who forced their way into the chamber and seized the Senate mace.

"That was the matured approach adopted by the Dimeji Bankole-led House of Representatives in the case of Hon Dino Melaye & Ors v House of Representatives".

"Access to court is a fundamental right in the Constitution, which can not be taken away by force or intimidation from any organ", the judge ruled.

He added that even if the Senate had rightly suspended the senator, it could only have suspended him for only a period of 14 days - as prescribed in the Senate rules.

Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Senator Omo Agege his salaries and other entitlements should be paid.

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