Re-instated Sen. Omo-Agege no-showed to Tuesday's plenary

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The Senate stated, "As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution".

Recall that the Senate had recently suspended Omo-Agege after he accused its leadership of aiming at President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election by trying to reorder the sequence of the 2019 general election.

"Having regard to the settled position of the law as expoused by our courts in not less than five cases wherein the suspension of legislators by legislative houses was annulled and set aside the Senate should withdraw the appeal filed against the judgment of the Federal High Court in the case of Senator Omo-Agege".

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

He also ordered that the senator be paid all his allowances and salaries for the period he was illegally suspended.

In the continued investigation of Stolen mace Saga, the Senate and House of Representatives joint adhoc committee investigating the matter has summoned Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) respectively for alleged roles in aiding the invaders who stole the Senate mace.

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

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Tuesday, failed to attend Senate's plenary, despite series of boasts that he will storm the chamber. At this time, Omo-Agege was not anywhere around the chamber.

While Ndume's suspension effected by the Senate in March last year, was nullified by an Abuja High Court last October, Omo- Agege's suspension which started on the 12th of April this year, was nullified by similar court on Thursday last week.

The judge also added that the Senate's decision to punish Omo-Agege for filing a suit against the Senate and for punishing him while his suit was pending constituted an affront on the judiciary.

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.

Asked if he would drag the security agencies to court, Omo-Agege said, "I know what to do, and they know that I know what to do".

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that apart from full security detail in the chamber of the red chamber on Monday, police officers were seen at the lobby leading into the chamber, a development that is unusual on a non-sitting day.

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