Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Omo-Agege defeats Senate again as Court refuses stay-of-execution order

Omo-Agege defeats Senate again as Court refuses stay-of-execution order

NAIJ.com earlier reported that a joint ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives investigating the recent invasion of the upper chamber by alleged hoodlums and stealing of the mace has summoned Ali Ndume and Ovie Omo-Agege.

Security at the national assembly was beefed up in the anticipation of his return.

On Ndume, he said, "Based on the testimony by the sergeant-at-arms before the committee, you are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety".

"The committee, pursuant to this, has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16, at 11:00 am".

"All those who testified stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you".

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 Senate appealed the ruling but said in a statement that while it was waiting for a stay of execution, it would not stop the lawmaker from resuming plenary.

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"In the coming days, those who have a responsibility to offer explanations on this matter will appear before the committee", he said.

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

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused a stay-of-execution order requested by the Senate, against a previous ruling of the court regarding the suspension of Delta State Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Omo-Agege was suspended in April following his comments at a press conference that the proposed amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act to change the sequence of elections set by INEC was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

By 10:55 a.m. when plenary started, Mr Omo-Agege did not show up.

The above mentioned Senators had "allegedly" assisted the thugs who make away with the Senate Mace which was later recovered by the police who claims they are investigating the incident.

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 (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, saying that, "Access to court is a constitutional right that can not be taken away from".

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