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Mace theft: National Assembly panel summons Omo-Agege, Ndume

17 May 2018, 10:10 | Cameron Gross

LATEST: The Nigerian Senate and Sen. Omo-Agege

Omo-Agege: Court rejects Senate's stay of execution request

The application for stay of execution of the court judgment filed by the Senate followed a notice of appeal filed at the Court Appeal, Abuja Division, which Justice Dimgba held was not proper before the court.

"In a decent society, the Senate is not supposed to come before this court because their hands are full of iniquities", Izinyon told the court while urging it to dismiss the application.

Had the application succeeded on Wednesday, it could have formed a basis to again shut the door of the Senate against the embattled senator until the Court of Appeal ruled otherwise. 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. "I hereby dismiss the application for lack of merit", the court held.

Omo-Agege and nine other Senators staged a walkout after the Senate passed the electoral amendment bill, which they had opposed.

"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". I have not seen any reason for this application.

Omo-Agege's suspension, which was expected to last for 90 legislative days, followed a report of the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions. earlier reported that a joint ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives investigating the recent invasion of the upper chamber by alleged hoodlums and stealing of the mace has summoned Ali Ndume and Ovie Omo-Agege.

Omo-Agege had approached the court with a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018, challenging his suspension from the Senate, saying it was illegal.

The matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate which recommended 181 days of suspension.

Although the court refused to grant any of the seven prayers sought by the senator, ‎it held that the suspension could not hold on grounds of the "violence" it did to the constitution.The judge, therefore, nullified Omo-Agege's suspension "with immediate effect."He also ordered that the senator be paid all his allowances and salaries for the period he was illegally suspended".

Justice Dimgba in his ruling, also said that the Senate can only suspend an erring lawmaker for 14 legislative days.

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