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Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Forgery Trial Stalled

Saraki, Ekweremadu at the High Court on Monday
Saraki, Ekweremadu at the High Court on Monday

The trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on charges of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders, could not go on as scheduled at an Abuja High Court, as the court has commenced its vacation.

Saraki and Ekweremadu, were charged along with Salisu Maikasu, a former Clerk of the National Assembly, and his then deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

They were in court briefly on Monday but left as soon as they were informed that the court was not going to sit.

Meanwhile, according to the PUNCH newspaper, a four-man team led by Aliyu Umar, SAN, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Kano State, has taken over the prosecution of the case from the Director Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mohammed Diri.

Other members of the new prosecuting team are a Lagos-based public interest litigation lawyer, Jiti Ogunye; Raphael Origo, and a state counsel from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Yetunde Adeola-Cole.

The trial was adjourned till September 28.

The Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had onJune 10 preferred the charges against Saraki and the other accused persons.

The accused persons were subsequently arraigned on two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja, and they pleaded not guilty to the charges, prompting the court to fix Monday, July 11 for commencement of trial.