The Nigerian government has described as unlawful the processes that resulted in the Senate’s suspension of Delta State senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Omo-Agege was suspended for describing the Senate’s decision to amend the Electoral Act as a plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Omo-Agege apologised for his comments, but was suspended anyway for 90 legislative days for taking the matter to court.

Speaking during Monday’s court proceedings on the application filed by Omo-Agege, Nigeria’s solicitor-general, Dayo Apata, asked the court to regard the processes preceding the suspension as unlawful.

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“The action of the Senate leading to the suspension of the senator are unlawful. The court should hold so,” said Apata.

Speaking earlier, the counsel representing Omo-Agege, Alex Izinyon, said the senator sought to challenge the abuse of his fundamental rights.

Izinyon said the procedure adopted by the Senate committee in enforcing the suspension violates Omo-Agege’s rights.

“It is a violation of order 2 rule (2) (3) of the fundamental rights enforcements procedure rule 2009,” Izinyon said.

Responding, the counsel for the Senate, Mahmud Magaji, said Omo-Agege had been a member of the same committee and participated actively during the suspension of other members, including former majority leader, Ali Ndume.

Magaji therefore described as surprising the reaction of Omo-Agege to his own suspension.

The court adjourned till May 10 for ruling.