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Breaking: Senate asks INEC to declare June 12, 1993 election result

The Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce the results of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Senate made the request on Thursday during plenary.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday declared June 12 to replace May 29 as Democracy Day, in honour of late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the election.

Buhari said that June 12 was more symbolic than May 29 and also conferred a posthumous GCFR title on Abiola.

National assembly holds ’emergency’ joint session over political tension

Senators and members of the House of Representatives are currently in a closed-door session.

Prior to the meeting, the senate held a closed-door session which lasted more than two hours.

At the end of the session, Senate President Bukola Saraki announced that senators were proceeding to the lower legislative chamber.

He did not go into details of the discussion at the senate session or what prompted the decision to meet with lawmakers at the green chamber.

There are unconfirmed reports that the lawmakers might shut the national assembly in protest of “the assault” on their colleagues by the executive.

Saraki has allegedly been named as sponsor of those behind the heist in Offa, Kwara state. The incident which took place on April 5 led to the deaths of 33 persons, including pregnant women and 12 police officers.

The police had invited Saraki in connection with the incident but made a U-turn following the intervention of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

After a meeting between Osinbajo and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, Saraki was asked not to appear in person but explain in writing, what he knows about the robbery suspects.

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, was granted bail last month after he was taken into police custody over an allegation on gunrunning.

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, was also invited by the police in connection with a murder case.

Senate considers Buhari’s CBN board nominees one year after

The Senate on Wednesday considered a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for legislative confirmation of five nominees as members of the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The President wrote to the Senate to confirm the appointments over one year ago.

Buhari had, in March 2017, sought Senate’s approval for the appointments of Prof. Ummu Ahmed Jalingo (North-East), Prof. Justitia Odinakachukwu Nnabuko (South-East), Prof. Mike Obadan (South-South), Dr. Abdu Abubakar (North-West) and Adeola Adetunji (South-West) as CBN board members.

Considering the request on Wednesday, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, referred the request to the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, which will screen the nominees and mandated it to report back in two weeks.

Lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, had, at the plenary on May 9, 2018, raised a point of order to urge the Senate to lift the embargo on executive appointments and confirm the Buhari nominees for the board of the CBN.

The Senate had placed an embargo on consideration and confirmation of appointments not listed in Section 171 of the Constitution.

This was to protest against the retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite the rejection of his appointment by the lawmakers.

Sani urged the Senate to be mindful of the fact that the work of the legislature would be lessened if there was a board that could perform an institutional oversight over the apex bank.

In his remarks on the prayer, Saraki had said, “We have taken note of your comments and we will look into it.”

Earlier in March, Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, had pleaded with the Senate to lift the embargo on those Buhari appointed as CBN deputy governors and members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

He had warned that the non-existence of the MPC was threatening the country’s economy, forcing the Senate to consider the President’s request for legislative approval.

The Presidency had on March 19, 2018, when the nominees were screened, urged the Senate to further lift the embargo placed on executive appointments made by Buhari, particularly for the CBN board.

The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, expressed the plea when the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions screened

Enang had said, “Let me on behalf of the executive express the sincere gratitude of the executive to the Senate for lifting what appears to be an injunction and considering this matter at this time. I want to really appreciate that.

“Again, I know that with the magnanimity of the Senate, you will extend this goodwill to other nominees, in particular those of the board members because some board members are also members of the Monetary Policy Committee.”

The Senate had later on March 22, 2018, confirmed Mrs. Aishah Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu as CBN deputy governors; and three of the four MPC members Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa.

Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu was disqualified.

Saraki betrayed us… I regret supporting him – Ali Ndume

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, says he regrets supporting Bukola Saraki to emerge senate president.

Speaking on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme, the lawmaker accused Saraki of targetting those who oppose him.

In March 2017, the lawmaker was suspended for “embarrassing” Saraki and Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Ndume had demanded that the upper legislative chamber investigate the allegation that a vehicle imported without appropriate customs documents belong to Saraki while he also moved for a probe into the allegations of certificate forgery levelled against Melaye.

During the television programme, Maupe Ogun, the presenter, had asked the senator If he regrets supporting the senate president and he said: “Yes, I do.  Look at the senate now, we have been reduced to unbearable level of integrity, just because of few people, few person, that is wrong.

“I don’t want to be individualistic about it. We put the leadership there for Saraki; if you want me to be specific about it, and then it turns out to be another thing. We have senator’s president now, instead of senate president.”

Ndume said his relationship with Saraki went sour because of his love for the truth.

He maintained that he has a cordial relationship with his colleagues at the upper legislative chamber.

“I speak the truth a lot even if I’m alone, and I stand by it. We started with the issue of Magu, I was with you on national TV and that is history now, then we came out and the second issue was that of the car importation, and the issue of Dino Melaye’s certificate and then I was shockingly suspended for 180 days  and it was not the committee that recommended that,” he said.

“My colleagues did not not know about the report that was used to suspend me illegally and unconstitutionally for 180 days. That’s why I went quietly to court and you see the response of my people then.

“It is not fair for one among equal to take himself up, and use, take advantage of the gavel to rule instead of to lead, instead of to preside, that is what the constitution says. The senate president is to preside, he doesn’t even have a vote, he has no voice. By the time you accept being the senate president, you have lost your right to some extent as a senator until the senate ties, that is when you come in to break the ties. This is not the case, as senate president will say, ‘I direct so so so and my members…’.

“I mean, it’s very unfortunate, I personally did not expect this. That is how we got it wrong, because once an individual thinks he owns the senate, and he dishes out the direction, and dishes out what he thinks, you’ll always get it wrong… 108 heads are better than one. But for now, senate at certain point is like Dino and Saraki. It is very unfortunate.”

Senate lacks power to summon IGP – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the senate “did not get it right” by tagging Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), “an enemy of democracy”.

Following Idris’ failure to appear before the senate on three different occasions, the upper legislative chamber said he is unfit to hold any public office.

The IGP had been summoned over the growing insecurity in the country and also for the case of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, who is currently in police custody.

Idris sent a representative in his place on two of those occasions but the senate turned back the proxy.

Speaking on a Channels TV programme on Thursday, Falana said the senate made a mistake by bringing Melaye’s case into the picture.

He said even with the killings, IGP is not the right person to summon, rather, the minister of interior and the attorney-general of the federation.

He said: “By virtue of section 67 (2) of the constitution, either chamber can summon a minister when the affairs of his or her ministry are under consideration. The only other occasion a public officer can be summoned by the national assembly is when proceedings are ongoing to expose corruption and when a law is being debated either with a view to amending it or to have a new law entirely.

“But there is no such powers given to the national assembly by the constitution to summon everybody.”

Asked by the programme’s anchor if the senate has the power to summon the president, Falana replied: “No. Section 67 (1) has given the president the discretion to address the national assembly either jointly or separately, on any matter of national importance. The president or the governor of a state cannot be summoned; that is the constitution.

“The national assembly has my sympathy, but what can be done? The constitutional review is ongoing. You can deal with this lacuna, or the gaps you have identified.

“But don’t go outside the limit of your powers. When you do that, you ridicule the constitution. And that is what is going on.”

He added that even though he condemned the arraignment of Melaye while on a stretcher, he had told the lawmakers to not “individualise problems of police brutality”.

“When you do that, you lose public support. It is the height of hypocrisy to say because the police has brutalised our member, the IG must come. What of thousands of Nigerians that are brutalised daily?” he asked.

“Don’t single out the harassment of your member to summon the IG, that is where they lost it. They shouldn’t have mixed Melaye’s case with the killings.

“As far as the constitution is concerned, the person to summon is the minister of interior and the attorney-general, and they have the powers to do that. The minister can be summoned but there is no provision for summoning the IG or the customs boss to appear in one uniform or the other, it is not there.”

IGP replies senate: I don’t owe anyone apology

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris says the police he leads does not owe any individual or group any apology in discharging its duties.

He said this while responding to the comments made by senators over his refusal to honour the invitation of the senate.

Idris has refused to appear before the senate on three different occasions.

He had been summoned over the growing insecurity in the country and the case of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Melaye is currently in custody of the police.

The first time the IGP was invited to appear before the senators, he accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi state but sent representatives who were rejected by the lawmakers.

The second time, the IGP said he went to Birin Gwari, Kaduna state, on a working visit.

When he failed to show up on Wednesday, the senate went into a closed door session after which Senate President Bukola Saraki said Idris had been declared an enemy of democracy.

But responding on Wednesday night, the IGP accused the lawmakers of attempting to witch-hunt him, vowing not to be intimidated.

He asked the public to disregard the statement of the senate and promised to continue to discharge his duties to the best of his ability.

Idris accused the legislators of trying to blackmail him because of the case of Melaye.

Idris spoke in a statement issued on his behalf by Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the police.

Below is the statement:

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the media reportage of the Senate’s resolution on Senate Order Paper of today, Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 after a closed door session that the “Senate declares the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris, NPM, mni, as enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country”.

It is urgently imperative that the Nigeria Police Force respond to this resolution of the Senate which is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting, unfortunate and mischievous.

In accordance with the extant laws in Nigeria, the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Inspector General of Police as stated in Section 215(1a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, and the Police Act and Regulations Section 309(1) can also be carried out as mentioned in sections 7(1),312(1), 313(2) of the Police Act and Regulations by a senior officer of the Force of the Rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police or an Assistant Inspector General of Police who if permitted by the Inspector General of Police to act on his behalf or represent him in an official capacity at any official function, event or programme within and outside Nigeria can do so in consonant with the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.

It is on the basis of the above that when on the 25th of April, 2018, the Senate invited the Inspector-General of Police to appear before it on the 26thof April 2018, in respect of the felonious offenses for which Sen. Dino Melaye was taken into Police custody, investigated and arraigned in a Court of Competent Jurisdiction in Lokoja, but because the Inspector-General of Police was on official assignment with the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to Bauchi on same date, he delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations, Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police and some Commissioners of Police conversant with the matter to brief the Senate.

The delegated Officers went with a brief of the Inspector-General of Police on the matter to the Senate to enable the Senate appreciate the issues raised to guide their resolutions on the matter but the Senate refused to listen to the Officers delegated by the Inspector-General of Police in line with his powers recognized by both the Constitution and the Police Act and Regulations.

The Senate again on the 26th of April 2018 wrote the Inspector-General of Police re-inviting him to appear before the Senate in person on the 2nd of May, 2018 but this time around the IGP was on official assignment to Birnin-Gwari Area of Kaduna State in company of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, Major General Mohammed Mohammed to attend to some very serious security matters of National Importance, but he promptly delegated the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Research and Planning, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police to represent him and brief the Senate on the same subject matter but the Senate again refused to accord them audience insisting that the Inspector-General of Police must appear in person.

On the 8th of May, 2018, the Inspector General of Police sent a letter to the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria signed by the Commissioner of Police, Legal and Prosecution Department, explaining why he would not be appearing before the Senate on the 9th of May, 2018 due to legal restraint as a result of pending cases before the courts filed: (i) by Senator Dino Melaye against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in suit No. CV/1610/18 slated for hearing on the 11th day of May, 2018.

(ii) by the Inspector General of Police against the Senate in the Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 adjourned to 31st May, 2018 for hearing.

It is on record that consequent on the confession of criminal offences indicting Senator Dino Melaye by the principal suspect KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS”, The Nigeria Police Force, sent a letter of investigation activities/invitation dated 2ndMarch, 2018 addressed to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria informing and requesting him to release Senator Dino Melaye to report to Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command on the 7th of March, 2018 to answer to criminal offences of Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms levelled against him, this is to enable the Police Investigation Team carryout a discreet and thorough investigation into the case. But Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour the Police invitation.

It is pertinent that the Nigeria Police Force informs the members of the General Public that the reasons for which the Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police is official and not personal, and the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Act and Regulations allowed the IGP to delegate Deputy Inspector General of Police or Assistant Inspector General of Police to represent him.

Consequently, the action of the Senate in its resolution against the IGP today is a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting with mischievous motives to hand-twist the IGP to pervert the end of justice in a felonious and serious offenses of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms for which Senator Dino Melaye who was indicted by two (2) Principal Suspects (Kabiru Seidu A.K.A OSAMA, Nuhu Salisu A.K.A SMALL) arrested for several cases of kidnappings and armed robberies in Kogi State are already standing trial in a court of competent jurisdiction.

It is important to correct the impression created in the minds of the people from the Senate’s resolution that the IGP is not and will not be an enemy to democracy. It is also of significant note to state that IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, has served meritoriously for above Ten (10) years in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in several countries unblemished. The Nigeria Police Force is the first defender of Democracy and all democratic institutions in Nigeria and will continue to do so.

It is factual and verifiable that Senator Dino Melaye was discharged and certified fit to stand trial by the National Hospital, Abuja before he was arraigned in Chief Magistrate Courts in Wuse, Abuja and Lokoja.

The Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force will not be deterred by blackmail from any individual or group no matter how highly placed from the enforcement of Law and Order and ensuring that the Rule of Law prevails no matter whose Ox is gored.

The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, owes no apology to any individual or groups in its effort to ensure preservation of law and order, supremacy of the law of the land, and make sure that all Nigerians are subject to the same law, no matter what their position is in the society.

The General Public is hereby implored to disregard and discountenance the resolution of the Senate on the IGP as a deliberate blackmail, witch-hunting and mischievously aimed at casting aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force.

The Nigeria Police Force as a law abiding organization will continue to hold the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria in high esteem but wishes to impress on the Senate not to harbour criminal elements among its fold or condone criminality. The Force will not be intimidated by any individual, groups or institution, constituent or otherwise to abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and property and due enforcement of the rule of law, and law and order across the Country.

IGP unfit to hold public office, Senate declares

The senate has declared Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), as an enemy of democracy, saying he is not fit to hold any public office.

Idris failed to appear before the senate for the third time on Wednesday and this prompted the lawmakers to go into a closed-door session to consider the next line of action.

The IGP was expected to appear before the senate over the growing security concerns in the country and the case of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

The closed-door session lasted for about 50 minutes.

After the session, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the “persistent refusal” of the IGP to appear before the upper legislative chamber is a great danger to the country’s democracy.

“The senate in a closed session deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the senate to the plenary after a series of invitation,” Saraki said.

“The senate noted that this has been a gross disrespect to our constituted authority and to also know that his earlier refusal to appear before investigative committee was overruled by competent court of jurisdiction just in April this year.

“The senate therefore view this persistent refusal is a great danger to our democracy and hence the senate resolved to declare IGP as an enemy of democracy and not fit to rule any public office within and outside Nigeria.”

The senate president mandated Ahmed Lawan, senate leader, to “look into the matter for further necessary action.”

Senate summons security chiefs, Customs boss over illegal firearms

The Senate has summoned all service chiefs; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura; the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali; and the National security adviser, Babagana Monguno over the illegal possession of firearms by non-authorised Nigerians.

The invitation was sequel to deliberations on a motion titled “proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria” sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North).

The senator had called for the invitation while lamenting the incessant killings in several parts of the country with reference to the most recent killings in Kaduna State on Saturday.

The Saturday attack by bandits in Gwaska village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna left at least 58 people dead.

Among the victims was the Sarkin Fawa (head of local vigilante) who was on his way back to the village.

Several houses in the village of about 3,000 inhabitants were also set ablaze.

The attack came barely 48 hours after the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and Mohammed, General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, visited Birnin Gwari.

Mr Idris shunned a Senate invitation to visit Birnin Gwari, but has been summoned, for the third time, to appear on Wednesday before the lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condemned the Gwaska attack and rolled out measures his government was putting in place to prevent a reoccurrence. One of such measures is the deployment of a permanent army battalion to Birnin Gwari which has suffered similar attacks in the past year.

In his motion, Mr Hunkuyi stressed that tribal, communal, religious, and other sectarian clashes, including the farmers/herders crises, are now more devastating due to wrongful and easy acquisition of firearms in violation of due process of such acquisition as laid down by the enabling laws and regulations.

He said the trend has contributed to the colossal loss of lives and wanton destruction of property of Nigerian citizens.

“This is attributable to the inability to control the proliferation of firearms into this country; as well as negligence from the departments of government entrusted with the responsibility to control how individuals, corporate entities can acquire and maintain firearms in Nigeria, but particularly the free access by hoodlums to acquire firearms easily,” he said.

He expressed worry that despite the killings in Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara and other parts of Nigeria, since the start of the year, meaningful efforts are not being embarked upon to curtail the proliferation of firearms in Nigeria.

“The situation has worsened to the extent that some opinion leaders are calling on Nigerians to stand up and protect themselves. These prodding at self-defence, if not checked through action by the government, would certainly get to the extent that firearm would be secured by every household either in the name of protection or for some other purposes. From the observation of the United States experience, such a scenario will not augur well for this country,” he added.

The lawmaker warned that if the situation is allowed to further deteriorate, unprecedented famine and diminishing economic output, as seen in nations plagued by war and crises will pervade Nigeria.

“As the most populous country on the African continent, the nation’s GDP would certainly be affected adversely,” he said.

He also expressed disappointment at the fact that the various departments of government entrusted with the responsibility of checking and regulating the influx of firearms in Nigeria “have failed woefully in the discharge of this all important duty.”

Contributing to the motion, James Manager (PDP, Delta) described the proliferation of firearms as one that should not be ignored. He said it puts the lives of everyone (especially the unarmed) in danger.

He expressed worry that worse could happen with the election year approaching and no one “can tell what will happen.”

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe North) said the motion gives the Senate “an opportunity to look at one of the reasons why we are suffering today.”

“The issue of proliferation of firearms is definitely a major reason why we have the killings going on.

“Our security officers are not even properly armed. The armed forces lose their firearms to these culprits and it has been established that most of the firearms in the hands of the criminals are from our armed forces and security agencies,” he said.

The Senate, thereafter, resolved to invite the security chiefs to discuss ways to put an end to “this unfortunate situation.”

Again, IGP Idris snubs Senate

The Nigerian Senate has given the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, one more week to appear before its plenary.

This follows Mr Idris’ decision not to honour the senate invitation to appear before it on Wednesday.

The lawmakers on Wednesday adopted an admonition from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that the senate give the police boss ‘more time to reflect.’

He prescribed a one-week grace. He however did not state a date for the new summon.

Mr Saraki also prescribed that the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan and chairman of police committee, Abu Ibrahim, should engage the executive on Mr Idris’ behaviour within the one week.

Mr Idris, had for the second time failed to honour the invitation to appear before the senate plenary.

He was invited to answer questions on the arrest of a senator, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country.

The police boss was first summoned on Wednesday April 25 but he failed to appear.

On Thursday when he was supposed to appear, the chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP was in Bauchi in the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari, and could not honour the invitation.

The Senate thereafter re-summoned Mr Idris, while refusing to allow a Deputy Inspector- General (DIG) Operations he sent represent him.

The lawmakers unanimously agreed to re-summon Mr Idris to appear on Wednesday (today) by 11a.m.

However, after a lengthy closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the Senate started plenary around 11:45 a.m.

By 1:30 a.m., the Senate Leader moved a motion to allow the IG come into the chamber.

The motion was seconded and the Senate President asked the Clerk to bring him into the chamber.

After about four minutes, it was discovered that Mr Idris was not around.

Mr Ibrahim, the chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, said he had not been able to reach Mr Idris for a while.

“I tried yesterday to reach the DIG, unfortunately, I couldn’t reach him,” he said.

He said after the summon last week Thursday, the Clerk wrote to Mr Idris and thereafter he met with him. Mr Ibrahim said he implored Mr Idris to make appearance at the meeting.

He added that he later found out late Tuesday night that Mr Idris had travelled to Kaduna instead of honouring the Senate invitation.

“Later, I found out that he is in Kaduna, he is going to Birnin Gwari where there are incessant killing.”

Mr Saraki invited contributions from lawmakers on way forward.

“Distinguished colleagues, as you heard, the IG is not around. He thought that the best he can do is send the DIG.”

The lawmakers deliberated on the development and resolved to give Mr Idris one week grace to honour the invitation.

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.

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

Mr 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 Mr 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 Mr Apata.

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

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

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

Responding, the counsel for the Senate, Mahmud Magaji, said Mr 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.

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

He who lives by the sword should die by the sword,” said Mr Magaji.

The court adjourned May 10 for a ruling.

Earlier, the judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, dismissed an application by a counsel representing the Senate committee on ethics and privileges, seeking to be joined in the matter.

The counsel, Paul Erokoro, asked the court to allow his application on the grounds that whatever decision is reached on the matter, ‘will affect his client’.

The application to join was objected by Messrs Apata and Izinyon. Both lawyers said the inclusion of the Senate in the application had rendered unnecessary the addition of any committee under the Senate.

They submitted that documents before the court already showed that the Senate was in charge of every committee or agency under it, so the presence of a committee under the senate was no longer necessary.

The court dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

“I am of the strong and unambiguous view that this application deserves to fail,” Mr Dimgba ruled.