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Senator Omo-Agege absent from Tuesday sitting

Senator Omo-Agege absent from Tuesday sitting Senator Omo-Agege absent from Tuesday sitting
Sherri Watson | 15 May, 2018, 22:09

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

It said since it is yet to secure a stay of execution order, it could not stop the lawmaker from resuming.

Same day he was suspended, Omo-Agege had reportedly told Punch that he would continue to work as a senator.

It will be recalled that Senate President Bukola had on April 25, announced the setting up of Investigative panel which is chaired by the deputy leader of the senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah (APC Kebbi North), to carry out a holistic probe into the invasion.

Suspected thugs allegedly accompanying Senator Omo-Agege into the Senate chambers had disrupted proceedings carting the mace.

"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 judge noted that from the wording of the report of the Senate's Ethics and Privileges Committee which recommended Omo-Agege's suspension, he was punished for filing a suit against the Senate after apologising to the legislative house over the allegation leveled against him.

Some staff of the assembly, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the development was not unconnected with the expected return of Omo-Agege to the chamber on Tuesday after the court judgment in his favour.

Last week Thursday, a Federal High Court in Abuja nullified the suspension of Omo-Agege for 90 days by his colleagues and declared it illegal.

Mr Omo-Agege in reaction on Monday said the appeal will not hinder his resumption as the stay of execution which the Senate applied for has not been granted.

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

Mr Omo-Agege was also not in his office.

Dimgba also ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege any outstanding salaries or allowances which were due to him during the period of the suspension.

"In sanctioning a legislator, the legislature must act within the law".

He maintained that suspending the senator for more than 14 days was denying his constituents the required representation.

Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central Senatorial District, filed the suit to challenge his suspension from the senate.