Court Grants FG’s Application To Strike Out Forgery Case Against Saraki, Ekweremadu
A high court in Abuja has granted the application of the federal government to withdraw the forgery charge against Bukola Saraki, senate president, and Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy.
The Federal Government had in a motion filed by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme told the court that counsel to the Federal Government on the matter, Aliyu Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on September 30 in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution told him that he had studied the case diary and “ had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.
Mr. Loveme added that he has, consequently, filed an amended charge.
Ruling on the application, Justice Yusuf Halilu, who presided over the matter, struck out the entire suit against the duo, alongside Salisu Maikasuwa, former clerk of the national assembly, and Ben Efeturi, his deputy.
Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were first arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on June 10, 2016 via charge No. CR/219/16.
They were accused of forging the senate standing rules that led to the emergence of Saraki and Ekweremadu as leadership of the senate in June 2015.