Omo-Agege Will Be Allowed to Resume - Senate

Omo-Agege Will Be Allowed to Resume - Senate

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2018

Olorogun Moses Taiga, has urged the Nigerian Senate to discontinue its appeal against the victory of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege.

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, just as it was also alleged that Senator Ndume prevented a Sergeant at arms who ought to protect and take possession of the Mace, from taking it away to safety.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Senate and Saraki have only applied for a stay of execution at the Court of Appeal which has not been granted.

The Senate had said it will not stop Omo-Agege from attending plenary on Tuesday, in compliance with a Federal High Court order.

"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 determined on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting High Court judgement and await the appellate court's decision on the pending motion".

The Senate in April suspended Mr Omo-Agege, for accusing his colleagues of working against President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election plans in 2019.

Earlier, PUNCH had exclusively reported on April 21 that the Senate had ordered security agents to prevent the senator from entering its chamber.

Senate President Bukola Saraki later inaugurated the ad-hoc committee to investigate the invasion and mace theft, vowing that the lawmakers will work to restore the integrity of the institution, and promising that the violation of the upper chamber will not be ignored.

"In particular, the Executive should, as a matter of urgency, purge itself of contempt of court by complying with the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on December 2, 2016 which directed that Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeinab Elzakzaky be released from the illegal custody of the State Security Service".

Both Ndume and Omo-Agege as stated in separate letters of invitations sent to them for appearance today, are expected to answer questions on allegations of aiding the invaders who forced their way into the chamber and seized the Senate mace.

"Therefore, I expect them to fully comply with that judgment".

"As far as I am concerned, based on my knowledge of the law, that purported suspension by Saraki has been vacated with immediate effect".

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