AGF Declares Omo-Agege’s Suspension As Illegal
He also decreed that the court should nullify the sentence as “all steps leading to it were unconstitutional.”
Malami made the submission on Monday during the hearing of the suit filed by Omo-Agege challenging his suspension by the upper legislative chamber.
Recall that as earlier reported by Naija News, the senate suspended the lawmaker for 90 legislative days on April 13, after he made comments regarding the amendment to the electoral act, which did not go down well with the senators.
He alleged that the planned election reorder was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami said “By virtue of Section 150 of the constitution, the attorney-general of the federation is the protector of the constitution and other Nigerian laws. He is bound by the constitution to react to constitutional questions.
“He is saying that all the steps leading to the suspension of the plaintiff in this matter are unconstitutional and lawful. And we urge the court to so hold.”
But the senate and Senate President Bukola Saraki both named as defendants in the case insisted the suspension was in order, stating that the suspension was given according to the senate standing rules.
Magaji told the court that as a member of the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions which recommended the lawmaker’s suspension, he is compelled to serve his “punishment.”
Nnamdi Dimgba, the presiding judge, fixed May 10 for further hearing on the case.