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Forgery: Justice minister advises Saraki, Ekweremadu to face trial

24 June 2016, 20:00

Abuja - Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Thursday advised Senate President Bukola Saraki and three others accused of forging Senate Order 2011 to defend themselves before the court rather than blame the executive, Nation reports.

Charged with the Senate president and the deputy Senate president are former Clerk of the National Assembly Salisu Maikasuwa and Clerk of the Senate Bernard Efeturi

The AGF, who faulted the arguments by Saraki and others named in the charge before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), urged them to go before the court and explain their roles in the forgery case rather than accusing him of violating the Legislative arm.

Also read: Forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu 'may be handed stringent bail conditions'

The Senate had earlier claimed that the charge of forgery against its president, his deputy Ike Ekweremadu and two others, amounted to an abuse of the principle of separation of powers.

It was gathered according to News24, that the senate president and his deputy are likely to be handed tough bail conditions ahead of next week’s planned arraignment over alleged Senate Rules forgery and Conspiracy.

The two were set to be arraigned before Justice Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday on a two-count charge of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery.

A source within the Federal Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney General of the Federation reportedly said that it was most likely that the two would be given "stringent bail condition".

- News 24


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