Senator Omo-Agege Resumes Sitting At The Senate

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Senator Omo-Agege Resumes Sitting At The Senate

Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate on Tuesday amid expectations that the budget bill might be considered and passed next week.

As early as 9:30 a.m., journalists stationed their cameras around the entrance of the Senate chamber to catch on tape the resumption of the senator.

When PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited Tuesday afternoon, a female receptionist was on hand to receive visitors.

Ndume representing Borno and Omo-Agege from Delta on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were summoned for allegedly aiding the invaders in an incident that happened on April 18.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had nullified the suspension of Mr Agege after faulting the decision of Senate to slam a lengthy suspension on the senator.

Moments after, Senate President Bukola Saraki walked in and asked that senate enters into a closed door session which lasted for one hour.

Dimgba recalled that he dismissed, among other reliefs the request by Omo-Agege to stop the Senate from punishing him for any offence he has committed.

Senator Omo-Agege Resumes Sitting At The Senate

The Senate indicated its willingness to appeal the ruling, and applied for a stay-of-execution order. But he also advised the lawmakers to withdraw their appeal of the judgement.

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".

"That was the matured approach adopted by the Dimeji Bankole-led House of Representatives in the case of Hon Dino Melaye & Ors v House of Representatives".

Falana had secured the yet-to-be-obeyed December 2, 2016 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which ordered the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and the cleric's wife, Zeinab, from the custody of the Department of State Service.

Mr Falana further called on the Executive branch of the federal government "to emulate the good example of the Senate by complying with all valid and subsisting judgments of all courts in Nigeria".

Also, a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has been in the detention of the same agency since December 2015 despite a later judgment of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ordering his release.

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