Court orders substituted service on Saraki, Ekweremadu

June 21, 2016 10:54 AM

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An Abuja High Court judge on Tuesday, June 21, ordered that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others be served court papers for immediate arraignment through substituted means.

The Senate President, his deputy, the chief clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi have been accused of conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules.

Justice Halilu Yusuf in his order said the notice of summon for Saraki and three others be pasted on the notice board of the National Assembly complex.

The Senate President, his deputy, the chief clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi have been accused of conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules.

The allegation came through a petition to the inspector general of police calling for a investigation into the allegation of the forgery of the Senate rules by the secretary to the an Anti-Saraki Unitu Forum, Suleiman Hunkuyi.

The petition alleged that the forgery of the Senate standing rules facilitated the production of Saraki and Ekweremadu as Senate President and deputy last year.

The four accused persons were expected to be arraigned on Monday but Naij.com gathered that they were yet to be served the motion of summon yet.

However, the senate leadership has also said the suit instituted by the federal government is bent on returning impunity to the Nigerian polity.

Spokesperson to the Senate Aliyu Sabi had in a statement said: “This is a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect for due process.

General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. The PDP said the charges against the principal officers of the Senate will destroy the country’s democracy.

Source: naij.com

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