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Criminal Case Against Senate President and Deputy Withdrawn

The Federal Government of Nigeria has decided to withdraw the charge of criminal conspiracy leveled against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu after months of dilly dallying at the court.

It was gathered that an affidavit in support of the motion was filed before the High Court of the FCT on Thursday by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme.
Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were first arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on June 10.

They all pleaded not guilty on July 27, 2016.

In the motion filed Thursday, Mr. Loveme said counsel to the Federal Government on the matter, Aliyu Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on September 30 in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution told him that he had studied the case diary and “had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.

Mr. Loveme added that he has, consequently, filed an amended charge.
Based on the amended charge, only Salisu Maikasuwa and Benedict Efetur would face prosecution. The two officials are accused of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate .

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