Omo-Agege: Court dismisses senate's application seeking to stay judgment execution

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The Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki, had sought to stay the execution of the May 10 judgment pending the determination of an appeal they claimed to have filed.

He also nullified the Senate's decision to suspend him for 90 legislative days.

The judge explained that the true position of things was that the court had after it rejected reliefs one to seven in Omo-Agege's suit, granted an ominibus prayer that urged it to make any order it deemed fit in the circumstance of the case.

"On the sole reason that the application and the notice of appeal do not show that they are targeted at the judgment of this court of May 10, 2018 sought to be stayed, I believe that I am left with no choice than to exercise my discretion in refusing the application".

Omo-Agege, however, went to court to challenge his suspension and the court in its ruling, declared the action unconstitutional, saying that the Senate could not suspend a member beyond 14 days.

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".

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"This court is minded to say that the reason for the suspension of the plaintiff by the 1st and 2nd defendants was unconstitutional", Justice Dimgba said and ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege all his salaries and allowances.

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Aside the Senate and Saraki, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, was equally cited as a defendant in the suit.

The judge noted that 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 to the legislative house over the allegation levelled against him.

NAIJ.com had also reported how a group of hoodlums stormed the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly during it's Wednesday, April 18, plenary session and stole the mace.

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