Federal Government withdraws forgery charges against Senate President and Deputy
NIGERIA – The
Federal Government has filed a motion to withdraw the charge of
criminal conspiracy and forgery of senate standing order against Senate
President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. A litigation
officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme, yesterday
Thursday October 6th, filed an affidavit in support of the motion before
the High Court of Abuja.
Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a
former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former
Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were on June 20th first arraigned before
Justice Yusuf Halilu, on charges of forgery of the senate standing order
during the senate leadership election in June last year.
all pleaded not guilty on July 27, 2016. In the motion filed Thursday,
Saraki and Ekweremadu were dropped from the case while Maikasuwa and
Efeturi would continue to face trial over the case.