Monday, July 11, 2016

14 SENATORS GEAR UP TO TESTIFY AGAINST SARAKI

 The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, outgoing clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Ben Efeturi, for forgery of the standing orders of the senate is scheduled to resume on Monday at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. Ahead of the resumption of proceedings, 14 senators are billed to tender evidence of the forgery of the 2015 senate order before the court. Saraki, Ekweremadu, Efeturi and Maikasuwa are accused of changing the standing orders of the senate on or about June 9, 2015 with fraudulent intent.
         Some of the witnesses include senators from the 7th and 8th senate. They are; the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang; Senators Sulaiman Hunkuyi; Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central); Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe North); Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice (APC, Ondo North) and Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South). Others are Senator Solomon Ewuga, Senator Ojudu Babafemi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dan’Azumi J. Doma and a police investigator, David Igbodo. The trial would rely on the testimony of the following witnesses. In a document obtained by Vanguard newspaper, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Kaduna North and a serving Senator would tell the court how the Senate Standing Order 2015 was forged. The document read in part, “Senator Ita Enang was a senator that represented Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District, in the 7th National Assembly. he was also the Chairman of the rules and Business Committee of the 7th Senate. He will also inform the court the procedure for amendment of Senate standing Order. “Senator Solomon Ewuga was a member of the 7th National assembly. He will inform the court that the Senate Standing Order, 2011, was never amended, he may also be required to tender some exhibits.
       Senator Ahmed Lawan is a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was also a member of the 7th National Assembly He will inform the court that the senate standing Order 2011 was never amended. Senator Abdullahi A. Gumel is a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He will inform the court that he was given the Senate Standing Order 2011 during the induction course of the 8th National Assembly.”

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