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Senator Omo-Agege attends plenary session

Senator Omo-Agege attends plenary session”

Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate on Tuesday amid expectations that the budget bill might be considered and passed next week.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah, announced the summons after a sitting by the panel.

Falana had secured the yet-to-be-obeyed December 2, 2016 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which ordered the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and the cleric's wife, Zeinab, from the custody of the Department of State Service.

Mr Omo-Agege in reaction on Monday said the appeal would not hinder his resumption as the stay of execution which the Senate applied for has not been granted.

Embattled Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, is now in the Senate chamber, where lawmakers are having an executive session.

Contrasting the attitudes of both the Federal Government and the Senate to court orders, Falana said the Red Chamber's decision on Tuesday "is highly commendable in a country where official impunity has since been institutionalised".

The senate backpedalling came hours after Senator Omo-Agege vowed to attend today's session despite the reported beefing up of security by the National Assembly authorities.

Omo-Agege had, however, attended plenary on April 18.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Federal High Court on May 10, held that while the National Assembly had the power to discipline its erring members, the premise on which Omo-Agege's suspension was anchored was illegal.

Ndume represents Borno South while Omo-Agege represents Delta Central and are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dimgba said that the reason given by the Senate and the Senate President for suspending Omo-Agege was unconstitutional.

According to him, Omo-Agege's right was not breached when the Senate referred him to its committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Relations. Judiciary is the hope of the common man and access to court is one of the key indicators of democracy and rule of law.

The court noted that the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the Senate recommended that Omo-Agege should be suspended to punish him for instituting legal action against the legislative house. "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".

The judge also said that the 90 legislative day suspension was against Order 67, Rule 4 of the Senate Standing Rules which provided for a lawmaker to be suspended for only 14 legislative days.

The Judge said that if an application is appealing against reliefs he refused to grant, is of no significance to the vacation of the suspension order.



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