Abuja - The Federal Government are reportedly planning to lay fresh charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu for manipulating the election process that saw them elected into power, Naij reports.
Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami confirmed this adding that FG could press charges at any time that it saw fit against corrupt officials.
Malami said that the only reason it withdrew initial charges against the two senate leaders was to file new amended charges and to give the police enough time to interrogate suspects.
According to media reports, it is now believed that Saraki and his deputy will be tried separately, which would speed up the investigative process.
“You can see that under the Criminal Justice Act, the statement of the accused persons and all the witnesses are expected to be filed and it would have been wrong to have pressed ahead with the case when the police are yet to conclude their investigations.
“The federal government considered it appropriate to withdraw the case and conclude the investigation and attach both the statements by the accused and the witnesses before filing fresh charges against the suspects, an unnamed source said.
News24 reported that An affidavit was filed by FG before the High Court of federal
capital territory to withdraw a charge of criminal conspiracy against
the two accused, with an amended charge now including the names of
Salisu Maikasuwa and Ben Efeturi.
Malami had ordered a new investigation into the forging of Senate Standing Rules by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki and his deputy are to face charges for allegedly forging Senate Rules in 2015 after last week's arraignment was botched due to the inability of the court to effect summons on them.
- News 24