By Unuode Ejiro
Senate President Bukola Saraki’s forgery trial has been adjourned to 7 October after the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’s representative, Aliyu Umar said he was not informed early and had not prepared his response to a fresh motion raise by the defendants challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
“Just now I became aware of a motion by the first defendant and served on us on September 26. The motion is fundamental because it is asking your lordship to decline jurisdiction and quash the charges. It is a short notice.
“I have not filed anything. It is fundamental to fair hearing. Under the circumstances, I will ask for an adjournment to enable me to respond to the motion.”
“Honestly, I’m not ready for this motion. If it is only just two days, grant us the adjournment to respond to the motion, Premiumtimes quoted him as saying.
Saraki’s counsel, Paul Erokoro objected to the application saying it lacked merit. The trial judge Yusuf Haliru adjourned the case till 7 October.
Saraki, along with Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi, are facing trial for alleged forgery of the Senate standing rules used to elect them as leaders of the Senate in June 2015.