The Nigerian Senate and Sen. Omo-Agege

Omo-Agege Senator wins Senate in court again

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.

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 Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in a pronouncement last week Thursday said the Senate's decision regarding the suspension, as well as the pattern adopted by the National Assembly, was constitutionally defective.

Justice Dimgba specifically pointed out that the defendants in their motion, erroneously sought for stay of execution of judgment they claimed granted all the reliefs that were sought before the court by the plaintiff.

The judge said: "An application that is desirous of the court's exercise its discretion must be an application that is genuine".

"An application must target decision reached by the court".

"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".

"The grounds of the application as well as the notice of appeal attack a decision where all prayers of the plaintiff were granted, whereas, by the record of this court, in the judgment delivered by this court on the 10th of May, 2018, all the seven main prayers of the plaintiff were refused".

Alex Izinyon (SAN) had while objecting to the application said he thought the Senate will withdraw the application because it said it will obey the judgment of the Court. "I hereby dismiss the application".

The joint Senate and House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the invasion of the Senate chamber and the snatching of its mace has invited Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume.

Chairman of the committee Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah said the testimonies given by various security personnel at the National Assembly Complex before the panel had implicated Omo-Agege and Ndume.

Besides, the Judge noted that whereas sections 67 (4) of the Senate Standing Rules 2014 and section 21 (2) of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, okayed the suspension of any erring lawmakers for 14 legislative days, the Senate went ahead and handed Omo-Agege 90 days suspension.

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