FG Asks Court To Declare Omo-Agege’s Suspension Unlawful
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.
“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.