FG Arraigns Saraki, Ekweremadu, for Forgery, Tuesday

The Senate President,  Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, will be arraigned on Tuesday, at a Federal High Court of FCT Jurisdiction, Jabi, Abuja, for forgery.

Saraki has been battling with charges bordering on false assets declaration related case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.

Charged alongside the two presiding officers are former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his Deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

The four are accused of conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules that brought Saraki and Ekweremadu to office last year.

The suit was filed on June 10, almost a year after Suleiman Hunkuyi, Secretary of anti-Saraki Unity Forum, petitioned the Inspector General of Police, demanding criminal investigation into allegation of forgery of Senate Rules used for the elections of the presiding officers last year, June 9.

They will be brought before Justice Yusuf Halilu.

The Senate on Sunday said that the criminal charges leveled against its leadership was an attempt to arm twist the legislative arm of government by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government, saying the nation’s democracy was in danger.

Reacting to the charges in a statetement signed by the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, on Sunda, said the charges were meant to muzzle the legislature and criminalise legislative process.

The statement read: “After reading in the national newspapers and online platforms of the planned charges of forgery and conspiracy preferred against the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Ben Efeturi and reviewing the circumstances leading to the filing of these charges, we are compelled to alert the good people of Nigeria and the international community, that our democracy is in danger and that the attempt by the Executive Arm of the Federal Government to muzzle the legislature and criminalise legislative processes in order to cause leadership change in the National Assembly is a return to the era of impunity”,  the statement  said in part.

Author: News Editor

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