Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other two were not arraigned Tuesday because they have not be served with court summon.
It was gathered that they will now be arraigned on June 27 for the alleged forgery, contrary to earlier report that they would be arraigned Tuesday.
When the case came up Tuesday, before Yusuf Halima of a Federal High Court, the accused were absent in Court on the ground that they have not be servd.
The court thus ordered that they be served through substituted means.
The summons will now be pasted on the notice board of the National Assembly.
Saraki, Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and Benedict Efeturi, his Deputy , are facing charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015, brought against them by the Federal Government.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves, to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of Conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law.”
Count two reads: “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with fraudulent intent forged the Senate Standing Order 2011 (as amended) causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”