– A Federal High Court has warned Senate president Bukola Saraki over imprisonment proceedings initiated against him
– The proceedings were initiated against Saraki by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
– Omo-Agege is the senator representing Delta Central in the Senate
The Senate president Bukola Saraki has been warned by a Federal High Court over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the lawmaker representing Delta Central in the upper chamber, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Recall that Senator Omo-Agege prayed the court to send the Senate president to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgement of the court.
Punch reports that the May 10 judgement ordered that Omo-Agege be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension
NAIJ.com gathers that the hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for Thursday, October 11, but Senator Saraki and his lawyers were absent from court.
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The presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, said: “Upon this motion on notice dated and filed on August 15, 2018, praying for the committal of the Senate president to prison for contempt of court coming up before this honourable court today (Thursday) for hearing; and after hearing Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN) with Hanatu Abdulkarim, Friday Izinyon, Alex Izinyon II, J.A Gesa, for the judgment/creditor/applicant urging that the court should proceed with the hearing;
“It is hereby ordered as follows: That indeed from the records of the court, the Senate president, the alleged contemnor, was served with the motion and hearing notice by advertisement as ordered by the court on pages 35 – 36 of The Nation Newspaper of September 25, 2018; this motion is therefore ripe for hearing.
“That in the interest of justice, and to give the alleged contemnor another opportunity to remedy the alleged wrong or even to appear to defend himself, and as a demonstration of the court’s commitment for justice, the court directs the applicant/judgment/creditor’s counsel to write to the alleged contemnor and the legal department of the Senate informing them of the next adjourned date.”
Justice Dimgba adjourned the hearing of the committal application till Thursday, October 18.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC), said that Dr Bukola Saraki should be ready to vacate the seat as Nigeria’s Senate president.
Omo-Agege, who is representing Delta Central senatorial district, said this in Abuja on Monday, October 8.
Saraki had, on July 31, defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), hinging his defection on unsuccessful efforts to ensure a harmonious existence in the APC.
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