Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

We Will Allow Omo-Agege Resume In His Office - Senate

We Will Allow Omo-Agege Resume In His Office - Senate

The motion, according to statement issued on Monday night by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, might be decided upon by the appelate court on Wednesday.

The Senate says it will comply with the Federal High Court' judgment setting aside its suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

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

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Senate president, Bukola Saraki explained why the Nigerian Senate suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 days.

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"The Senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday, May 10, 2018, judgment shall be heard and possibly determined on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting High Court judgment and await the appellate court's decision on the pending motion".

"As regards to Omo-Agege, based on the testimony of the DPO, the SSS and the sergeant at arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30 a.m".

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.

Omo-Agege, a lawyer had challenged his suspension in court.

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Buhari refused to assent to the bill and the court had also ruled that the senate had no power to alter the sequence of election as fixed by INEC.

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

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. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in the judgment, said the order nullifying the suspension was "with immediate effect".

Mr Omo-Agege had approached the court to determine whether the Senate has authority to investigate and even discipline a senator, whose case is already before a court of law. "While this suit was pending, and to the knowledge of the Senate and the Senate President, they went ahead and imposed a sanction on him". Following the annulment, Omo-Agege boasted that he will resume and also insisted that the leadership of the Senate could not stop him.

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