Alleged Standing Rules’ Forgery: Saraki, Ekwerenmadu Others To Face Trial
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, will be arraigned before an Abuja High Court on Tuesday on charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015.
The lawmakers are being charged along with two others – former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.
In the affidavit filed on June 10, 2016, the Investigative Police Officer (IPO), swore that the investigation into the case had been concluded.
The affidavit read: “The charges filed through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, by the Federal Government, against the senators 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 Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this 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”.
It also accused them of allegedly forging the Order, 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.
The Police also claimed that the lawmakers knew that the said Order was not made in compliance with the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order.
Some Senator had sent a petition to the Police, alleging forgery of the Senate Standing Rules 2015 that produced Saraki and his deputy, Ekweremadu during the election of principal officers for the Senate.