A Federal high court sitting in Abuja has nullified the suspension of Borno senator, Ali Ndume and ordered the Senate to immediately reinstate him.
Ndume, who was suspended for 6 months, was victorious in court on Friday after the trial judge, Quadri Babatunde ordered that the Senate should also pay Ndume all his outstanding salaries and allowances.
He further explained that Ndume’s suspension was ‘Illegal’. the ruling read;
“The suspension of the plaintiff is hereby declared illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.The purported suspension contained in the letter of 30th March 2017 is hereby set aside.
The 1st and 2nd defendants are hereby directed to pay the plaintiff his outstanding salaries and allowances forthwith.
The suspension of Ndume for 90 legislative days (6 months) from the service of the senate as a senator in the senate with effect from 29th March, 2017 as contained in the letter of 30th March, 2017, is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional as it was done in violation of Sections 68 and 69 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Article 13(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act CAP A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Ndume was suspended for 6 months after raising a motion to investigate the certificate scandal of Kogi west senator, Dino Melaye and for embarrassing Senate president, Bukola Saraki.