- Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered a fresh investigation into the alleged forging the Senate Standing Rules by Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others
- The fresh investigation which was passed through a letter to the current Inspector General of Police twill enable him convict the accused persons
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered a fresh investigation into the alleged forging the Senate Standing Rules by Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others.
Both senators are facing trial over their alleged involvement in the forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015. Also charged before the court over the alleged forgery were the former clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Mr. Benedict Efeturi.
The fresh investigation which was passed through a letter to the current Inspector General of Police twill enable him convict the accused persons, Thisday newspaper is reporting.
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The AGF noted that after reviewing the case, he had since realised that the investigations were “inconclusive”, and therefore was seeking to reopen it.
The letter reopening the investigation, addressed to the current IG, Ibrahim Idris, read in part: “Sir, I have the instructions of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (HAGF)/Chairman, National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC), to write this letter for your kind prompt action.
“The NPCC and the new legal team engaged to take over the prosecution of the above case have reviewed the case file and found that the police investigation of the case was inconclusive. Therefore, it is necessary that you further investigate the case with particular reference to the following: Did the Seventh Senate at any time amend the Senate Standing Orders 2011? If yes, what was the extent of amendment?
“Further investigations should show – who authorised the amendment of Senate Standing Orders, 2011? Who ordered for the printing of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015? Who distributed the printed copies of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 to senators-elect?
“Obtain the complete Hansard of the 9th and 24th June 2015 to see what transpired on the floor of the Senate. What date was the induction mentioned by Senator Abdullahi Gumel, what did they do with the Senate Standing Order of 2011 at the induction? Who conducted the induction?
“The statement of Dr. Ogozy Nma should be brought to the attention of Senator Ita Enang and Senator Abu Ibrahim to corroborate or deny it. Find out the date Senator Ike Ekweremadu presided over the house and obtain the Hansard for the date.
“Please it is important that I receive your response to the above inquiries on or before September 7, 2016 for further necessary action.”
Responding to the letter, the newspaper reported that the letter which was signed by the chairman, Special Investigation Panel (SIP), Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Ali Amodu (rtd) requested the clerk to furnish them with “the date Senator Ike Ekweremadu presided over the House in 2015”, just as it demanded the “Hansard (votes and proceedings of the plenary session) for the date” in question.
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Thisday also reported that it was clear that the prosecution was desperately searching for information to nail the accused persons, a perception that the federal government had filed the forgery charge to humiliate Saraki and Ekweremadu and force them to step down as principal officers of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Jabi, Abuja, will on Wednesday request that the federal government reopens its case against the accused persons.
In a related development, former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been caught in yet another financial mess as detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have uncovered a N4billion hotel deal between Mrs. Alison-Madueke and a former military administrator.