The duo of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu have reportedly arrived the Federal High Court, Jabi to face charges over allegations that they conspired and forged the Senate Standing Rules.
They are also expected to formally hear the charges filed against them, by the Attorney General of the Federation, representing the Federal Government.
Also arraigned with them are former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.
The police said in its affidavit that investigations into the case had been concluded
The affidavit 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 Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this 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”.
The presiding Judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, has barred media coverage of the event.
Emerging reports have it that The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and former clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasua have all pleaded not guilty to a two count charge leveled against them.
The plea followed an application by the lead prosecution counsel, M.S.Diri who told the Justice Yusuf Halilu-led court that the matter was for arraignment and urged the court to direct that the two count charge be read to the accused persons.
Justice Halilu has stood down the matter to allow the prosecution file a counter affidavit against the motion for bail of the accused persons.
Prior to the stand down, Halilu denied asking reporters to vacate the courtroom.
“I will not ask journalists to leave my courtroom, don’t report what is not correct. I represent everybody; my work is to do the best I can,” Halilu said.
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