Omo-Agege's suspension unconstitutional - Court

Omo-Agege's suspension unconstitutional - Court

The judge ordered the Senate to recall the plaintiff immediately and equally pay him any salary or allowances that accrued to him within the period he was illegally suspended.

The federal high court in Abuja has nullified the senate's suspension of Ovie Omo-Agege, a Delta central senator.

Giving the judgement, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba averred that the Senate's decision regarding the suspension, as well as the pattern adopted by the National Assembly, was constitutionally defective.

He said "gentlemen, the task of making Nigeria great again is the patriotic duty of all Nigerians".

Omo-Agege, alongside nine other Senators, had staged a walkout after the Senate passed the bill.

"While the legislator has powers to take disciplinary measures against its members, the reason given for the punishment is an unconstitutional reason".

Recall that Senator Omo-Agege was alleged to have led the hoodlums who recently stormed the Senate and carted away its symbol of authority after he was suspended.

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Following his suspension, Omo-Agege had headed to the court to seek redress wherein he filed a suit against the Senate (1st defendant), the Senate President (2nd defendant), and the Attorney General of the Federation (3rd).

He also noted that the Ethics' committee which recommended the lawmaker's suspension should have excluded the participation of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) who made the complaint against him.

The judge said Section 4 (8) provides that the exercise of legislative powers shall be subject to the decisions of the court.

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.

"The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions under my chairmanship has done its own bit as far as issues relating to the suspension of Senator Omo- Agege was concerned".

Omo-Agege had accused the Senate of targetting President Muhammadu Buhari with the Electoral Act Amendment, especially that aspect that deals with modification of election sequence.

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