The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and his Vice, Ike Ekweremadu, on alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules to Monday, June 27, 2016.
This is just as the Court granted an order to paste the charges against Saraki and Ekweremadu on the National Assembly notice board.
The commencement of hearing of the said charges was scheduled to begin today before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the high court.
However, due to the inability of the court officials to serve the duo their court summons properly, Tuesday’s hearing was stalled and then adjourned till next week.
Apart from Saraki and Ekweremadu, the outgoing clerk of the National Assembly, Salishu Maikasuwa, and the Deputy Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Ben Efeturi, are also facing charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the senate standing rules, 2015, brought against them by the federal government.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves, to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of Conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law.”
Count two reads: “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with fraudulent intent forged the Senate Standing Order 2011 (as amended) causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”
The judge fixed the date after ordering substituted service of the charges on the defendants.