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Abuja – The Federal Government is to withdraw criminal charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
An affidavit has been filed by FG before the High Court of federal capital territory to withdraw a charge of criminal conspiracy against the two accused, with an amended charge now including the names of Salisu Maikasuwa and Ben Efeturi.
“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 charge reads.
News24 reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, reserved judgment in an appeal the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki lodged against his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
A five-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdul Aboki, okayed judgement on the appeal marked CA/A/172c/2016, after it heard arguments from Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, SAN, and counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN.
Saraki had gone before the appellate court to query the legal propriety of the 16-count criminal charge the federal government entered against him before the CCT.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami had ordered a new investigation into the forging of Senate Standing Rules by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki and his deputy are to face charges for allegedly forging Senate Rules in 2015 after last week’s arraignment was botched due to the inability of the court to effect summons on them.
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The two are accused of tampering with the standing rules to facilitate an election which brought them into power.