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FG Withdraws Forgery Charges Against Saraki and Ekweremadu | Proceeds to Prosecute Former Clerk and His Deputy

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Saraki and Ekweremadu Swearing inThe Federal Government of Nigeria has filed a motion to withdraw the charge of criminal conspiracy against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, PREMIUM TIMES reports.

It was gathered that an affidavit in support of the motion was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme.

The two Senate leaders were charged alongside a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

The Principal officers were accused of illegally altering the Senate’s Standing Rule used in electing leaders and inaugurating the upper legislative chamber on June 9, 2015.

They all pleaded not guilty on July 27, 2016.

Loveme said Aliyu Umar (SAN), who is the counsel to the Federal Government “had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper.”

In the amended charge, only Maikasuwa and Efeturi would face prosecution.

PREMIUM TIMES’ report sated that the duo are accused of Criminal Conspiracy

“Salisu Maikasuwa and Benedict Efeturi, on or about the 9th day of June 2015 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act, to wit to make the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended without the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria which act was committed by yourselves and that you thereby committed the offence of criminal conspiracy,” Count 1 of the amended charge read.

They are also accused of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate “with intention that the Senators elect of the 8th Senate would believe that the said Senate Standing Orders 2015 ( as amended) was made by the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria.”

They are also accused of forging a document punishable under section 366 of the Penal Code Act ( Northern States) Federal Provisions Act, 1960, Cap 345, Laws of the Federation 1990 (as amended), and giving false information with the intention to mislead the public.

15 Comments

  1. anon

    October 7, 2016 at 1:32 am

    lol all i can say is shame on all the vessels who allowed themselves to be used by this so called PMB to bring himself back to power. just in one year, he has failed in every single aspect of governance. even the anti-corruption war which was supposedly his selling point he has been abysmal. I hope we can now agree that PMB is just like every other politician, corrupt and playing dirty politics like the rest. he and his family just came to reap benefits which he feels were denied him in 1984, as for those planning to “vote him out” in 2019, all i can say i loooool wake up dreamers, Nigerians una never see anything, Baba is just beginning.

    • FasholasLover

      October 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

      As in Mugu fall, guy man wak. Nigerians fell yakata for lies and propaganda. On a serious note though, did discerning Nigerians really buy into the Buharu fraud? I dare say NO. Only young people who did not know Buhari fell for the propaganda, Politicians in the APC simply paid for votes from very poor people who queued under the sun for a bag of rice. In the North, there was no voting. Goats, Rams, Chicken and Nama all voted. Otherwise, what do you make of the 1,9999999999999999votes from Kano without a single vote voided? In a region where some of their best touted brains are mediocres. So, the illiterates all voted correctly. What about the murder of the REC and his entire family just becos he refused to play ball? The Mbakas of this world who misled gullible church members all in the name of politics. The redeem members who voted because of Osibanjo. Now, the gist is that Osibanjo does not even get an invite to serious caucus meetings.

      Saint Buhari, the only clean man in Nigeria. The same Buhari who declared that Abacha was not corrupt. The same Buhari who was a member of that Abacha cabinet. The poor broke ass Buhari whose children schooled abroad. When confronted by the Aljazeera journalist on air, he flip flopped. The same Buhari who has demonstrated crass cold heartedness while the Nigerian economy nose dived without a clue on what to do. The same Buhari who held a whole country to ransom and allowed it to run on auto pilot for six months then, ended up appointing known criminals as ministers. I hope Nigerians are wiser and we have seen he only came back to wipe away the shame on his being kicked out the first time. Buhari is Nigerians Albatross. But, there is a God who manages the affairs of men. Abacha slept and did not wake up. If Buhari will plung this Nation into an abyss he will go the Abacha way. Damburuba Iskha.

  2. tsquaremodel

    October 7, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Just when you’re actually thinking you just got some breathe of fresh air over one Nigeria news, another one comes upon you like hurricane Matthew (I wonder who names them and why they are male names). Nigeria is a joke, all our leaders are comedians, they keep insulting our intelligence. Politicians are corrupt everywhere, but the tenacity and audacity of Nigeria leaders level of corruption is made in hell! Every single one of una no go kuire, shitty fellows!

    • Kimmy

      October 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Lol…. Those hurricane behave like some men

  3. Vin

    October 7, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Wow. This is the reality we live. BUHARI is indeed a failure. Failure to the highest order. God will visit these evil men with vengeance.

  4. tony

    October 7, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Shame on that man called Buhari… Nigeria!!! where are the leaders??? The man is a big failure, totally clueless. Its obvious that idiagbon was the man with the ideas

  5. Nwanjoku

    October 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Nigerians are waiting to see the end of the matter.

  6. jhennique

    October 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

    No be swear. Nigeria may never get better if we continue like this

  7. Debola

    October 7, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Chai! Now its crystal clear Gen.Buhari is not the expected messiah after all..
    Plus,@anon, I think you just can’t blame folks who voted for Gen.Buhari. Fact is, voting is a game of risk, be it Jonathan or Buhari. You just gotta risk it and vote a fella. Jonathan gave us no choice.

  8. gbaskelebo

    October 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

    They have not seen anything yet, I told them then that it was all media hype, that he Buhari has not gotten to corruption gate in Nigeria, talk less of knocking at corruption’s door, that he was still searching for the street where corruption resides, this is act one scene one… a test script has just been played in Edo gubernatorial election, for those of you thinking of voting him out based on “packaged emptiness”. Then get ready for act one scene … (cant say the scene yet because more blunders are expected based on what we can see) but we will definitely be in for a scene that is sure! Na today? abegi… second base jare

  9. yemite

    October 7, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Lolzzz!!! But waite a minute, so Thiefnubu n lie lie muhammed asn’t realise that Hausa are unite than any other tribe? Well Buhari was’nt the one filed criminal conspiracy against the Saraki n his deputy but the APC kabal who doesn’t want the progress of this Great Nation. When fighting crime, you don’t use criminal to fight crime. Probably the president as being hit that some clue as form government under his cabinet government. I laugh for Nigerian who don’t know how thiefnubu and his kabal are so criminal!

  10. nwa nna

    October 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Wow! My heart is heavy with sadness for Nigeria…PMB, fool us once, shame on you, fool us twice, shame on us, fool us thrice, it ain’t never happening!!! Come 2019 you and your lot including Osibanjo are being sent packing!
    Let’s face the truth, PMB came to power because of how abysmal GEJ was as a president that wasted the goodwill of Nigerians.
    PMB was a product of a corrupt & broken system called Nigeria, the saying goes “you can only judge a tree by the fruit it bears and not that which it talks about”

  11. Baymax

    October 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    All this one you people are saying is just story

    Come 2019, you all will fall for the same propaganda

    Nigerians develop amnesia during elections

  12. jwezee

    October 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    VOTE Saraki 2019

  13. miini

    October 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Femi Falana had already said nothing was going to come out of this case and the multiple others. Just media tactics.

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