Senator Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday declared the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) as illegal and unconstitutional.

The trial judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri also ordered the senate to ensure prompt payment of Ndume’s salaries and allowances.

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The Judge described the lawmaker’s suspension as an exhibition of lawlessness on the part of the lawmakers.

Quadri said: ”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.”

The lawmaker was suspended on 27 March, 2017, following the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Samuel Anyanwu, after founding out that his (Ndume) allegations against Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye were false.