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Senate finally lifts Ali Ndume’s suspension

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Senate finally lifts Ali Ndume’s suspension

The Nigerian senate has finally recalled its former Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, after eight months.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Ndume by the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, he was asked to resume in plenary on Wednesday (tomorrow).

“The suspension notice of the Senate vide Resolution S/Res/130/02/17 expires on November 14th, 2017. This communication is to inform the Distinguished Senator of your resumption in plenary scheduled for Wednesday, 15th November, 2017,” the clerk of the senate, Nelson Ayewoh, wrote in a letter to Ndume.

The Borno South APC senator was placed on suspension following the recommendation of the ethics and privileges committee after he raised a point of order asking the Senate to investigative issues involving the senate president Bukola Saraki, and Kogi Sen. Dino Melaye as reported in the media.

He was accused of raising a false alarm capable of tarnishing the image of his colleagues, and even though the original six months suspension ended in September, he was not recalled as the senate said it was extending the suspension to November due to holidays and weekends.

The letter recalling Ndume was issued on November 6, which was before a court ruling last week declared the suspension illegal and directed that the senate pays his entitlements for the period of the suspension. The senate has however filed an appeal against the ruling.

“I am reporting on Wednesday as directed and I hope to go back with renewed vigour in representing my people,” Ndume said.

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