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

17 May, 2018, 10:09 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Omo-Agege appears at Senate plenary

According to the court, the application by the Senate along with the notice of appeal that was attached to it, were "misdirected", saying it was not targeted at the May 10 verdict that nullified Omo-Agege's suspension.

The invitations were sequel to testimonies from heads of different security agencies within the National Assembly, alleging that Omo-Agege-led seven unauthorised personnel into the red chamber and disrupted plenary.

"Based on the testimony of the sergeant at arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety".

The award of contract for the lifting of crude oil and the increase in the 2018 budget by the National Assembly are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday.The Vanguard newspaper said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has awarded a two-year crude oil lifting contract to 50 companies. "The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation".

However, he is now in the Senate chamber, where the lawmakers are now in a closed-door session which began shortly after President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the opening prayers.

The meeting was on for about 21 minutes when the thugs gained access into the venue and stole the mace.

Na'Allah had also noted that all those suspected to have links with the attack would be interrogated.

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When contacted on Tuesday, Ndume declined to comment on the attack and his invitation by the probe panel.

It will be recalled that the high court had in its judgment, held that the reason the Senate adduced for suspending Omo-Agege was unconstitutional.

The lawmaker had, however, insisted on not knowing the attackers when he spoke to our correspondent on Friday.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has thrown out the Senate's stay of execution application which it filed to contest a ruling that nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

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Besides, the Judge noted that whereas sections 67 (4) of the Senate Standing Rules 2014 and section 21 (2) of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, okayed the suspension of any erring lawmakers for 14 legislative days, the Senate went ahead and handed Omo-Agege 90 days suspension.

Omo-Agege had, however, attended plenary on April 18.

Omo-agege was suspended from the senate for 90 legislative days on April 12 after being indicted by senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petition.

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