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IG defends probe into senate forgery allegation

11 August 2015, 17:10

Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has defended police investigation into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, Punch reports.

The police boss made the statement while defending a suit filed by the Enugu East senator in the National Assembly, Gilbert Nnaji, asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain the police and the Attorney-General of the Federation from taking any further step on the allegation.

Nnaji had filed the suit asking the court to stop the police investigation on the grounds that it “is inspired by a devious petition by the Secretary of the Unity Forum Senators, solely aimed at unjustly incriminating the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.”

Also read: Senate forgery: I-G urges court to dismiss suit

But the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, the second defendant to the suit, had also filed a similar notice of preliminary objection, asking the court to strike out the suit, which it said ought to have been instituted by Ekweremadu, if truly the police investigation was meant to unjustly incriminate him.

In the preliminary objection filed by the counsel for the Inspector General of Police, Oloye Torugbene, the police asked the court to strike out the senator’s suit because the plaintiff lacked the legal right to institute the suit.

The police added that the forgery allegation raised “issues of criminality” and “not simply an issue on the floor” of the Senate.

The Inspector-General of Police had asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the suit by Sen. Gilbert Nnaji (PDP-Enugu East), seeking to stop investigation into alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules.

Read more at Punch

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