Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Nigerian court nullifies suspension of Senator Omo-Agege

Nigerian court nullifies suspension of Senator Omo-Agege

It had been suspended for 90 legislative days.

In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018, he prayed the court for an order restraining the upper legislative chamber from denying him access into the Senate chamber and or preventing him from carrying his legitimate duty as a senator in the National Assembly.

"This court is minded to say that the reason for the suspension of the plaintiff by the 1st and 2nd defendants was unconstitutional", he court held.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court gave the ruling nullifying the suspension on Thursday.

He ruled that the principle of natural justice was breached by the senate's ethics and privileges committee by allowing Dino Melaye, who was the complainant, to be involved in the committee that considered the issue.

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The senator representing All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta was suspended by the senate because he openly criticized the amendment of election sequence carried out by the senate.

He also ordered that the senator should be paid all his allowances and salaries for the period he was illegally suspended. "I make no order as to cost".

Dimgba addressed the Senate's decision as an affront on the judiciary.

The court maintained that the legislature is entitled to take measures to discipline any of its members whose action is capable of bringing the institution to disrepute.

That was also frowned at by the judge who said it was an abuse of the Senate's powers.

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Omo-Agege, alongside nine other Senators, had staged a walkout after the Senate passed the bill.

The court equally dismissed preliminary objections the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki filed to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

A Nigerian court on Thursday overturned the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate.

However, Omo-Agege's lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), urged the court to ignore the objection and grant his client's prayers.

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.

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