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Omo-Agege Senate appeals suspension nullification

Omo-Agege Senate appeals suspension nullification

A Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday voided the suspension of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by the Bukola Saraki led Senate.

Following the suit, the committee recommended that the senator be suspended and he was subsequently suspended for 90 legislative days.

Along with his reinstatement, Justice Dimgba ordered the Senate to also pay Omo-Agege all allowances and salaries owed for the period he was illegally suspended.

The judge further ruled that constitutional provisions only allow the Senate to suspend its member for not more than 14 days.

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The court has now ruled that the suspension is unconstitutional.

Justice Dimgba held that the decision of the Senate to suspend Omo-Agege for instituting the suit was a clear breach of Section 4 (8) and 6 (6b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

After reviewing the committee's report, Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate for 90 legislative days.

The court maintained that the legislature is entitled to take measures to discipline any of its members whose action is capable of bringing the institution to disrepute.

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He asked the court to among other reliefs, grant an order restraining the defendants, their servants, agents, privies or officers from interfering with his rights and privileges as a senator and to make any order that it may be deem fit. Ovie Omo-Agege and declared it unconstitutional.

That was also frowned at by the judge who said it was an abuse of the Senate's powers.

Dimgba said from the wording of the report of the senate's ethics and privileges committee which recommended Omo-Agege's suspension, he was punished for filing a suit against the senate after apologising over the allegation levelled against him.

The state chairman of the group, Abba YAbdullahi, said the action of the senate constitutes an affront to the law and principles of human right and free speech.

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

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