Just In: FG withdraws criminal charges against Saraki and Ekweremadu


After months of clueless drama, the federal government has now filed a motion to withdraw the charge of criminal conspiracy against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The government has filed an amended charge in which only the former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, who were arraigned alongside Saraki and Ekweremadu will be charged.

An affidavit in support of the motion was filed before the High Court of Federal Capital Territory on Thursday by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme.

Under the amended charges, Maikasuwa and Efeturi are charged with criminal conspiracy of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate “with intention that the Senators elect of the 8th Senate would believe that the said Senate Standing Orders 2015 ( as amended) was made by the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria.”

They are also accused of forging a document and giving false information with the intention to mislead the public.

The case which has been on since June 2015 was adjourned to October 7, when hearing was expected to commence.

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