The alleged forgery trial against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others, filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), continues today before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja.
Also on trial are the outgoing clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Mr. Ben Efeturi.
It was learnt that about 14 witnesses have been lined up to give evidence on the alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Order.
A statement issued on the matter by the Principal State Counsel, Federal Ministry of Justice, D. E. Kaswe, alleged that Senators Saraki, Ekweremadu, Maikasuwa and Efeturi, were on or about June 9, 2015, with fraudulent intent, forged the Senate Standing Orders 2011 (as amended), causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Orders 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate when they knew that the said order was not made in compliance with the procedure for amendment of the Senate orders.
The statement also stated that the four-some, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code laws.
The list of witnesses lined up to testify against the four persons include both serving and former senators who were in the 7th Senate.
They are the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang; Senators Sulaiman Hunkuyi; Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central); Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe North); Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice (APC, Ondo North) and Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South).
Others are Senator Solomon Ewuga, Senator Ojudu Babafemi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dan’Azumi J. Doma and a police investigator, David Igbodo.