The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday removed the names of Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu as defendants from an ongoing forgery at an Abuja High Court. Former clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and former deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi are now facing the case.
In a motion filed by the applicants of the case, the Nigerian FG, the presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, was asked to modify the charges and remove Saraki and Ekweremadu from the case.
Part of the motion read:
“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.”
“The two officials are 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.”