Alleged Perjury: Court Throws Out Suit Seeking Sacking Of Deputy Senate President, Omo-Agege

By our reporter

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the sack of Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege from office over alleged perjury.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed on Thursday held the case was a gross abuse of court process having been filed in several courts.

Mohammed held that the case was laid to rest when Justice Othman Musa of the FCT High Court, delivered a judgment in the matter and awarded a N1.2 million cost against the plaintiff.

The money must be paid to each of the four respondents.

The Incorporated Trustees of Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative had on May 19, approached the court, asking for an order for the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return issued to Omo-Agege.

Defendants are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/510/2020 filed by their lawyer, Edward Omaga, the group also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Omo-Agege from occupying the office of the senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District.

They claimed that Omo-Agege was not a competent, fit and proper person to occupy the office due to alleged conviction hanging over his neck.

The suit was based on a judgment of the Department of the State Bar Court in Los Angeles, California, USA, delivered on November 30, 1995, whereupon Omo-Agege was allegedly sentenced to jail.

He was also “suspended” from law practice for two years for an alleged felony involving moral turpitude, forgery of cheques amounting to $890 with which he intended to defraud the Bank of America, Ahined Mehone and Elpert Defrietas in violation of California penal code section 470.

The plaintiff prayed the court for interpretation of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution; to determine whether by the combined interpretation of Section 68(1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, the judgment of the Department of the State Bar Court sitting in Los Angeles, California, involved moral turpitude.


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