Senator Omo-Agege shows up, joins colleagues for plenary at upper chamber

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The award of contract for the lifting of crude oil and the increase in the 2018 budget by the National Assembly are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday.The Vanguard newspaper said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has awarded a two-year crude oil lifting contract to 50 companies. He did not till the end of the plenary some minutes after 1p.m. The senator made the accusation after his colleagues adopted the amendment to section 25 of Electoral Act outlining a change in the sequence of elections.

Justice Dimgba held that the motion was not anchored on any cognizable judgment that was delivered by his court, saying he therefore could not grant an order for stay of execution as prayed by the defendants.

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 levelled against him.

The Senate and its President had through their lawyer, Mr. Mahmoud Magaji (SAN), asked the court to suspend Omo-Agege's resumption, pending hearing and determination of an appeal they filed to challenge his recall.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had on Tuesday last week inaugurated the ad hoc committee, noting that there were reports that those who attacked the Senate were led by a serving senator.

Late Monday, the Senate in a press statement by its spokesperson Sabi Abdullahi, said it would not stop Mr Omo-Agege from resuming his office and at plenary. But he also advised the lawmakers to withdraw their appeal of the judgement.

The Tribune reported that the Presidency has denied that Nigeria was represented at Monday's official opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

The judge noted that the application did not show that it was targeted at the court's judgment of May 10, declaring Omo-Agege's suspension as unlawful.

Also, a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has been in the detention of the same agency since December 2015 despite a later judgment of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ordering his release.

Mr Falana further called on the Executive branch of the federal government "to emulate the good example of the Senate by complying with all valid and subsisting judgments of all courts in Nigeria".

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