Just In: Omo-Agege Resumes At Senate, Signs Attendance

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege, yesterday attended plenary at the Senate following the quashing of his suspension by an Abuja High Court.

Following the judgement, an aide to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate has approached a higher court to appeal the ruling and institute a stay of execution.

The judge noted that the application failed to show that it was targeted at the court's judgment of May 10, 2018.

They had urged the court to stay the execution of the judgment pending the hearing and determination of the appeals against the May 10, 2018 judgment.

The Senate indicated its willingness to appeal the ruling, and applied for a stay-of-execution order. And to be genuine, it must realistically target the actual decision that was reached by the court, and which enforcement is being asked to be stayed. "In the circumstance, he held that the application lacked merit and struck same out", said Mr Duku.

Omo-Agege and nine other senators had said that the bill was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

"The court only made an order pursuant to the eight omnibus relief, on the basis that the sole reason given for the recommendation and the subsequent suspension of the plaintiff was an unconstitutional reason".

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"The Judgement of 10th of May 2018 declined some of the reliefs of the plaintiff. I hereby dismiss it for lacking its merit", he held.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent reports that Omo-Agege was seen signing the attendance register at the upper chamber, and immediately walked into the chamber for proceedings of the day.

The judge, therefore, nullified Omo-Agege's suspension "with immediate effect".

Dimgba, in his judgement, held that the suspension of the Senator during the pendency of the suit was unconstitutional and an affront on the judiciary.

Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate for 90 days but a court subsequently nullified the action, directing that he should be allowed to resume.

Justice Dimgba held that while the Senate has the powers to sanction its erring members to protect its integrity, he said no institution or authority has the powers to deny any citizen his right of access to the court.

According to him, Omo-Agege's right was not breached when the Senate referred him to its committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Relations.

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