Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Omo-Agege: Court dismisses senate's application seeking to stay judgment execution

Omo-Agege: Court dismisses senate's application seeking to stay judgment execution

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had on Tuesday last week inaugurated the ad hoc committee, noting that there were reports that those who attacked the Senate were led by a serving senator.

In dismissing it, however, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that the application along with the notice of appeal, on which it was anchored, was based on a wrong notion of the judgment being challenged.

Giving details of the refusal of the court to grant the request, Mr. Omo-Agege's media aide, Efe Duku, said the judge ruled that the application sought by the Senate bordered on the initial motion filed by Mr Omo-Agege.

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"How can they come to this court to ask for a stay of judgment execution when my client was punished for coming to court, in the first place".

"The suspension of the plaintiff for 90 days is ultra-vires of powers of the 1st defendant (Senate)", the court held, adding that "any suspension of member of the Senate such exceeds 14 days is null and void and unconstitutional". Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate on Tuesday amid expectations that the budget bill might be considered and passed next week.

Dimgba recalled that he dismissed, among other reliefs the request by Omo-Agege to stop the Senate from punishing him for any offence he has committed.

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" The committee, in inviting Omo-Agege stated: "Based on the testimony of the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer (DPO), the DSS 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". 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.

Although he later apologized for his comments, the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges recommended his suspension for 181 legislative days.

Na'Allah, who read out the synopsis of the letter to be sent to the senators, noted that the testimonies given by various security personnel at the National Assembly Complex before the panel had implicated Omo-Agege and Ndume.

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