Omo-Agege Absent From Senate's Plenary

Omo-Agege Absent From Senate's Plenary

Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) were summoned for allegedly aiding the invaders who stole the senate mace.

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

By 10:55 a.m. when plenary started, Mr Omo-Agege did not show up.

"The standing rule is "No visiting on Wednesdays", but Omo-Agege came in with seven visitors".

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

Omo-Agege was suspended for 90 days by the Senate after he accused his colleagues of working against President Muhammadu Buhari by amending the electoral act.

Omo-Agege pointed out that the lower court made a declaratory judgment which had an immediate effect.

Prior to the summon, the Director of State Security Service, National Assembly, Bulus Achi, read out the SSS's report upon investigation.

The committee said the punishment was imperative because the senator took the issue to court after it was referred to the committee.

The fallout from the theft of the mace of the Nigerian Senate continues with a potential new crisis phase on the horizon as the Senate and House of Representatives' joint ad-hoc committee investigating the April 18 senate invasion has summoned two senators.

This is coming even as Olorogun Taiga congratulated Senator Omo-Agege on his victory, saying it was not only a victory for the Senator alone, but the entire Urhobo nation.

While stating that the access to be given to Omo-Agege was in compliance with the court order, it noted that the judgment had been appealed while a motion for stay of execution of the order had been filed.

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

Mr Dimgba said the Senate's decision regarding the suspension, as well as the pattern adopted by the National Assembly, was constitutionally defective. He said that since the Senate had filed an appeal against the judgment, it would wait for the outcome of the appeal before taking action. But he also advised the lawmakers to withdraw their appeal of the judgement.

The statement read, "The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday's judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not".

According to him, the judgment is binding on the Federal Government, represented by the AGF, and the security agencies under it. And the security agencies are under the Federal Government.