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Saraki, Ekweremadu Arraignment Now June 27
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, who have been charged with forgery and criminal conspiracy by the federal government, will now be arraigned on Monday, June 27, 2016.
Sources said the defendants, earlier scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, June 21, were not served notice of the charges, thereby making it impossible for them to be arraigned as planned.
Trial Judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu also ordered substituted service of the charge on the defendants by pasting it at the notice board of the National Assembly.
This follows an oral application by the prosecuting counsel, David Kaswe, who told the court that it was very difficult to effect personal service of the charge on the defendants.
Former clerk of the national assembly, Salisu Maikasua and his former deputy, Benedict Efeturi were also charged alongside the two senate principal officers.
A court official who pleaded anonymity had explained that the case was assigned to the judge on Thursday but because the Senate does not sit on Fridays and Mondays, the defendants could not be served.
“Had they been served before now, the matter would have come up for arraignment today,” the official said.
The Senate President is also undergoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false declaration of asset during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State.