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    Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Desperate Move To Stop Saraki & Ekweremadu’s Trial Fails

    *Senate Can’t Summon Attorney-General
    A last-minute effort by the leadership of the Senate to frustrate the scheduled arraignment of its presiding officers, Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, at a Federal Capital Territory High Court, failed on Wednesday during a closed session that lasted for about two hours.
    The leadership had bagged some Senators to withdraw the case, a suggestion that the affected persons turned down on the grounds that the case was now being handled by the Federal Government.
    Saraki begged Senator Marafa and others to forgive the past and stop the case.
    According to Punch, the Senate Peace and Reconciliation Committee, led by Senator James Manager, had, in its report, recommended among others, the withdrawal of the suit, the recomposition of the committees and the disbandment of groups within the Senate.
    But the Senate Unity Forum reminded Saraki and his followers like Dino Melaye how they rejected all the moves by the APC leaders to settle the matter and even rejected a letter from the party.
    A senator at the meeting told Punch that, “The senators, who went to court, were of the opinion that the case had attained another dimension because it was the Federal Government that is now prosecuting those who allegedly produced the fake document.”
    Forgery charges against Saraki, others in order – Falana
    A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), said on Wednesday that there was nothing wrong in preferring the fresh forgery charges against Saraki and other co-defendants.
    Falana said the Senate also lacked the power to summon the AGF, Malami, over the case. He stated that once charges had been filed, the only appropriate forum to challenge them was the court.

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