Senate Says Will Respect Court Order, Won't Stop Omo-Agege From Resuming

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The motion, according to statement issued on Monday night by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, might be decided upon by the appelate court on Wednesday.

NAIJ.com gathered that Sani in a tweet said Senate's adherence to court order would challenge the executives and all security agencies to also respect all court orders pending before them.

The court in its ruling on Thursday, declared the action as unconstitutional, saying that the Senate lacked powers to suspend a member beyond 12 days.

Disobeying court orders is resistance to the rule of law.We desecrate democracy each time we defy the courts.

Contrary to expectations which had been raised high by the court judgement which quashed his 90 legislative days suspension by the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege failed today to resume his legislative duties as he was absent from plenary.

A week after, Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) drew the attention of the Senate specifically to the comments made by Mr Omo-Agege. As at when the Senate adjourned at about 1.10pm, Omo-Agege was not in the chamber.

"The senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday (May 10, 2018) judgement shall be heard and possibly determine on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting high court judgement and await the appellate court decision on the pending motion." the statement added.

Omo-Agege spoke at the APC National secretariat citing his legal victory.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court nullified the suspension of Mr Omo-Agege last week Thursday.

Mr Omo-Agege was also not in his office.

On Omo-Agege, Na'Allah said, "Based on the testimony of the Divisional Police Officer, the State Security Service and the sergeant-at-arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly, accompanied by seven persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30am".

Dimgba also ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege any outstanding salaries or allowances which were due to him during the period of the suspension.

"Access to court is a fundamental right in the Constitution, which can not be taken away by force or intimidation from any organ", the judge ruled.

"In sanctioning a legislator, the legislature must act within the law". Following the annulment, Omo-Agege boasted that he will resume and also insisted that the leadership of the Senate could not stop him.

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