Senate Bows To Court Order On Omo-Agege's Reinstatement

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

"As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution".

At about 10.50am, the Senate resumed for the day.

Giving his thoughts on the decision of the Senate, Saraki emphasised on the need for serving senators to respect and preserve the integrity of the Senate. At this time, Omo-Agege was not anywhere around the chamber. He did not till the end of the plenary some minutes after 1p.m.

The judge also added that the Senate's decision to punish Omo-Agege for filing a suit against the Senate and for punishing him while his suit was pending constituted an affront on the judiciary. The senator made the accusation after his colleagues adopted the amendment to section 25 of Electoral Act outlining a change in the sequence of elections.

The duo of Ndume and Omo- Agege are to appear Wednesday before the Senate and House Representatives Joint Committee that is Investigating the Incident of the Senate Chamber Invasion on their alleged roles in the attack of the Senate Hallowed Chamber on April 18, 2018 and subsequent carting away of the Mace, the symbol of authority.

The days of suspension was however reduced to 90 after pleas by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Omo-Agege was suspended over his comment allegedly tarnishing the image of the senate.

Some staff of the assembly, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the development was not unconnected with the expected return of Omo-Agege to the chamber on Tuesday after the court judgment in his favour.

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.

In a statement signed on Monday by its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said it has been briefed by lawyers on the court judgement nullifying Omo-Agege's suspension and will, therefore, follow the court ruling. He said that since the Senate had filed an appeal against the judgment, it would wait for the outcome of the appeal before taking action. But he also advised the lawmakers to withdraw their appeal of the judgement. Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) on the matter.

According to him, the judgment is binding on the Federal Government, represented by the AGF, and the security agencies under it.

"In the same vein, Colonel Sambo Dasuki ought to be released on bail in line with the orders of the Federal High Court, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory and the Community Court of Justice Economic Community of West African States", Mr Falana stated.

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