Ndume returns from suspension as Senate resumes Tuesday

A former Majority Leader of the Senate , Ali Ndume, will resume from suspension on Tuesday as the National Assembly reconvenes after its two - month annual recess .
Ndume’ s resumption was confirmed to The PUNCH on Sunday .
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives had gone on holiday on July 27 , 2017 .
A source in Ndume ’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity , told our correspondent that the six-month suspension of the lawmaker , who is representing Borno South Senatorial District , had been completed .
“ The distinguished senator is currently in Maiduguri but will be in Abuja on Tuesday to return to his legislative duty, ” the source said.
The Senate had on March 29 , 2017 , suspended Ndume for six months for not “conducting due diligence ” before filing a petition against the Senate President , Dr . Bukola Saraki ; and the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District , Dino Melaye .
Less than one week after the Senate suspended Ndume, Governor of Borno State , Kashim Shettima ; members of Borno State caucus in the National Assembly and representatives of traditional rulers had pleaded with Saraki and the Senate to recall him .
Ndume, while speaking at a public forum few days after , however , stated that he had no reason to apologise for calling the attention of the Senate to allegations against Saraki and Melaye .
Ndume was suspended “for bringing Senator Dino Melaye , his colleague , and the institution of the Senate to unbearable disrepute . ”
The Senate Committee on Ethics , Privileges and Public Petitions made the recommendation in its report, which was adopted by the lawmakers .
The panel had recommended that the lawmaker be suspended for one year but some senators pleaded that the punishment be reduced to six months , which was unanimously approved .
Ndume had on March 21 , 2017 , urged the Senate to investigate the allegation that an armoured Range Rover car reportedly worth $ 298 , 000 seized by the Nigeria Customs Service allegedly belonged to Saraki .
The lawmaker also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Melaye .
He recalled that previous certificate scandals involving members of the National Assembly were probed by the lawmakers .
An online news portal , Sahara Reporters, which made the allegation in a report published on March 18 , 2017 , said the seizure of the Sports Utility Vehicle, allegedly belonging to Saraki , was the reason why the Senate was moving against the Controller General of the NCS , Col . Hammed Ali (retd . ).
The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11 , 2017 , by the service for allegedly having fake documents .
The Senate Committee on Ethics , Privileges and Public Petitions , which was mandated to investigate the allegations , had exonerated Saraki and Melaye , while it recommended Ndume for punishment .
Earlier on January 10 , 2017 , members of the All Progressives Congress caucus had announced Ndume’ s sacking as the leader of the caucus for speaking against the Senate over its failure to confirm the appointment of the Acting Chairman , Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Mr . Ibrahim Magu .
He was replaced with Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North ).