A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari on Wednesday dismissed a suit seeking the sack of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, over allegations of perjury.
The trial judge, Justice Othman Musa, in his judgment held that Omo-Agege was never convicted by any court in the US.
Musa held that the suit was a mere waste of the court’s time as there was no evidence that Omo-Agege was ever convicted by any court of law or was he under any criminal sentence.
Justice Musa, who ordered the plaintiff to pay Omo-Agege N1 million damages, said the disciplinary proceedings involving the Deputy Senate President in the State of California in the US, even if it ended in punitive action against the 1st defendant (Omo-Agege) could not be elevated to criminal proceedings, convicting and sentencing as provided under Section 66 (1) and (2) of the Constitution.
The judge said the conviction recognised by the Constitution, and which could prevent one from holding public office in the country for 10 years is the conviction and sentencing entered by a Nigerian court, not a court of foreign jurisdiction.