Court nullifies suspension of Nigerian senator


Recall that on the 12th of April, the Senate suspended Omo-Agege for 90 days over his remarks on the electoral act amendment bill.

The suspended lawmaker representing Delta Central in the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that his victory at a Federal High Court in Abuja, which nullified his suspension is not a victory against the Senate, as there is no war against that great institution.

Having nullified Omo-Agege's suspension, Justice Dimgba ordered the senate to pay the plaintiff all his salaries and allowances.

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

He added that the suspension could have just lasted for only a period of 14 days it the suspension was rightly done.

Justice Dimgba said his decision to set-aside the action of the Senate was based on prayer eight in the suit that urged the court to make any order it deems fit in the circumstance of the case. Ovie Omo Agege can punish erring members of the Senate.

But Omo-Agege opposed this and accused the upper chamber of working against the President.

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

The court however held that the position of the plaintiff that the Senate was wrong in proceeding with his investigation was baseless and consequently refused him reliefs one to seven prayed for in his originating summons.

The committee went ahead to recommend a 181-day suspension which was later reduced to 90 by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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

After reviewing the committee's report, Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate for 90 legislative days.

That was also frowned at by the judge who said it was an abuse of the Senate's powers. The court faulted the committee's decision to allow Melaye participate during its deliberations on the issue and the signing of its report to the Senate.