Alleged forgery of Senate rules: Police, DSS lay siege on Saraki, Maikasuwa, others


Fresh trouble for Senate President Bukola Saraki is on the way as operatives of the Department of States Security Service,DSSS and Nigerian Police force has allegedly lay siege on the senate president, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu to arrest and arraigned them in court. A highly placed security source yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that the two lawmakers and the immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa would be arrested and charged for alleged forgery before an FCT High court in Abuja.
Already, the Federal Government has pressed forgery charges against him and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The suit against the two presiding officers of the Senate, which flow from last year’s Senate leadership election, is coming more than a year after police investigations into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules 2015. The move was, however, being interpreted in quarters as another dimension in the quasi-battle between the presidency and the legislature directed at paralysing the Senate with the simultaneous prosecution of the two presiding officers.
Also charged with the two presiding officers are the immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly,CAN, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr. Bennedict Efeturi.
The police report on the issue had referred the case to the Attorney General of the Federation for further advice on whether the case should be treated as a
criminal case or part of the internal affairs of the Senate.
The case against the quartet marked CR/219/16 between the Federal Government of Nigeria (Complainant) and Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, and Ike Ekweremadu (Defendants), has been assigned to Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
It was further gathered that the suit borders on a two-count charge of “Criminal Conspiracy, contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code Law” and “Forgery contrary to 362 of …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot