9th Assembly: Omo-Agege Sworn In As Deputy Senate President

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been sworn in as the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.

The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged winner after defeating his closest opponent, Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

RELATED: Omo-Agege Defeats Ekweremadu To Emerge Deputy Senate President

Omo-Agege polled 69 votes while Ekweremadu came second with 38 votes.

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Fails To Resume Plenary

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

Embattled Federal lawmaker, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege refused to resume legislative activities on Tuesday, May 15 as he promised.

Senator Omo-Agege had earlier on Monday told journalists in Abuja that he will resume plenary on Tuesday.

The Senate had suspended Senator Omo-Agege for six months over remarks he made alleging that the upper chamber had sinister motives in the ongoing amendment of the 2010 electoral act.

However, a Federal High Court in Abuja nullified the suspension of Senator Omo-Agege.

The Senate, therefore, said on Monday that it will allow Senator Omo-Agege resume plenary on Tuesday, May 15th in accordance with the court rulings.

The Senate Spokesman Aliyu Abdullahi said in a press statement that the upper chamber has filed an appeal against the court judgment and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.

We Will Allow Omo-Agege Resume In His Office – Senate

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The Senate on Monday said it will allow Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to resume in his office today, May 15, in accordance with a court ruling.

The Senator representing Delta Central was previously suspended for 90 days by the Senate.

In a statement signed on Monday by its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said it has been briefed by lawyers on the court judgement nullifying Omo-Agege’s suspension and will, therefore, follow the court ruling.

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

“We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

“As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution,” the statement read in part.

READ ALSO: Court Nullifies Omo-Agege’s Suspension By Senate

The Senate said further that it will respect the subsisting High Court judgement and await the appellate court’s decision on the pending motion.

The Federal High Court in Abuja last week nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate.

The ruling judge, Nnamdi Dimgba said the Senate is only empowered to suspend an erring member for 14 days and 1 legislative day.

Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Senator Omo Agege his salaries and other entitlements should be paid.

Omo-Agege Secures Court Order Restraining Police, DSS From Arresting Him

[BREAKING] Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege Snatching Mace
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

An Abuja High Court has granted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central, an interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him.

The suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege had earlier been accused by the Senate of complicity in the rowdy session at the Senate on Wednesday.

The rowdy session led to the penetration of the Red Chambers by some hoodlums who carted away the legislative symbol of authority. Omo-Agege was then invited by the police and later released. The mace was then recovered under a flyover in Abuja and returned by the police to the Senate.

Omo-Agege got the interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Service and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him after his lawyers approached the court on Thursday to seek an interim injunction against arrest or detention of the Senator.

Omo-Agege has since denied the allegation of leading the hoodlums who carted away the mace from the Red Chambers and denied being arrested by the police.

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Senator Omo-Agege Denies Involvement In Senate Invasion, Mace Theft

[BREAKING] Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege Snatching Mace
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central district has reacted to the invasion of the Senate Chambers by suspected hoodlums, denying involvement in the incident.

The Senate Chamber was invaded earlier today by some persons who made away with the mace. Shortly after the mace was stolen, the Senate accused Omo-Agege of sending thugs to steal the mace.

Senator Omo-Agege in his reaction, however, denied involvement in the theft of the mace. He said he has also left police custody.

A statement signed by a legal practitioner, Lucky Ajokperniovo, for the office of the Senator, said that he only went to the Red Chamber on Wednesday, April 18 to resume work and sit for plenary adding that he was only invited by the police to speak about his perspective on the incident.

“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all.

“Following the said media reports on the Mace issue, the Police authorities decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege. He has told the Police his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police. Senator Omo-Agege trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter,” the statement read in part.

Omo-Agege also reacted to the statement by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi accusing him of leading the hoodlums to cart away the mace. Omo-Agege described the allegation as ‘very serious’.

“We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications. Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary,” Omo-Agege’s statement read.

Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

The police on Wednesday arrested the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker was picked up by the police on Wednesday afternoon at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

This is in connection with the invasion of the Senate House of Assemly by hoodlums who eventually made away with the mace

The Red Chamber has since condemned the incident and accused Senator Omo-Agege of leading the hoodlums to plenary to seize its symbol of authority.

The National Assembly has also given the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Director General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, 24 hours to recover the stolen Mace.

 

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Sexual Harassment In Tertiary Institutions’ Bill Passes Second Reading

Senate Nigeria on Sexual HarassmentThe Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition Bill has passed the crucial second reading in the Senate.

The bill specifically makes it a criminal offense for any educator in a tertiary educational institution who violates or exploits the student-lecturer relationship for sexual favours.

It is a bill which is sure to capture the attention of Nigerians and sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo- Agege.

He is seeking tighter statutory protection for students against sexual hostility and all forms of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.

The bill also stipulates as offenses, solicitation of sex or sexual advances by lecturers which result to intimidation, hostile or offensive environment for students.

The bill enjoyed the support of majority of the lawmakers.

After the debate, the bill was sent to the Senate Committee on Judiciary for further legislative work before a public hearing on the bill.