By Ibrahim Umar
Nigeria’s Ministry of Justice has reportedly filed a fresh forgery suit against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu. The suit is based on the alleged forging of the Senate Rules that ushered the duo into their current positions. Others charged for the offence are Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and Benedict Efeturi. The case is said to have been assigned to Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal High Court, Abuja. The details of the suit borders on a two-count charge of “Criminal Conspiracy, contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code Law” and “Forgery contrary to 362 of the Penal Code Law.”
The election of Saraki and Ekweremadu drew bad blood in the Senate, leading to a petition by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, APC, Kaduna North, to the police.
Saraki is currently facing a trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for false and anticipatory declaration of assets while he governed Nigeria’s North-Central state of Kwara between 2003 and 2011.