Friday, 7 October 2016

The Federal Government drops case against Saraki

In what spells good days for the relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of Government, the Federal Government has filed a motion to drop the charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery of senate standing order against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
This was applied for by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme, who filed an affidavit in support of the motion before the High Court of Federal Capital Territory.
THE WILL recalls that Saraki, Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were on June 20th arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu, on charges of forgery of the senate standing order during the senate leadership election held in June last year and all pleaded not guilty on July 27, 2016.
In the motion filed by Loveme in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, he revealed that the prosecution had studied the case diary and had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper while Maikasuwa and Efeturi would continue to face trial over the case.
“That I depose to this affidavit in good faith believing same to be correct to the best of my knowledge and information and in accordance with the Oaths Act Cap 01 laws of the Federation of Nigeria,” he affirmed.
Count 1 of the charge against the two civil servants, is that of Criminal Conspiracy punishable under section 97 (1) Penal Code Act ( Northern States) Federation Provisions Act, 1960, Cap 345, laws of the Federation 1990 as amended.

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