Nigerian FG on Thursday filed a Motion to withdraw the charges of criminal conspiracy relating to the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders filed against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, at the Abuja High Court in 2015.
An affidavit in support of the motion was filed before the Abuja High Court by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme.
Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were first arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on June 10, 2016 via charge No. CR/219/16, to which they all pleaded not guilty on July 27, 2016 and were granted bail.
Mr. Loveme, in the motion averred that counsel to the Federal Government on the matter, Aliyu Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on September 30 in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution told him that he had studied the case diary and “ had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.
“That I depose to this affidavit in good faith believing same to be correct to the best of my knowledge and information and in accordance with the Oaths Act Cap 01 laws of the Federation of Nigeria,” he said.
Mr. Loveme added that he has, consequently, filed an amended charge. In the new charges, only the former clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former deputy clerk, Mr. Ben Efeturi, were listed as the accused persons and would face charges.