The Senate and the Attorney-General of the Federation appear to be having a running battle with the Senate over the Federal Government’s forgery suit relating to the Senate Standing Rules against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu as well as others.
While a Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered that a summons on the two leaders of the Senate should be served on them by placing the summons paper on the board of the senate, the Senate itself has directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before its Committee within 48 hours.
The suit is, in the main, against the President of the Senate and the Deputy President of the Senate.
The accused persons were initially to be arraigned in court on Tuesday but could not continue due to the fact that they could not served the court summons properly thereby leading to the postponement of the case to next week.
The Judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu fixed the date after ordering substituted service of the charges on the defendants. He granted orders for the pasting of the charges against Saraki and Ekweremadu on the National Assembly notice board. Senator Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as the former clerk of the National Assembly, Salishu Maikasuwa, and the Deputy Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Ben Efeturi, are being charged for forgery of the Senate Standing Rules.
and the Senators, on Tuesday, said that if the rules were described as being fake, then all correspondence of President Muhammadu Buhari to National Assembly is fake, adding that the rules was used to confirm Ministers and pass the 2016 National budget.
Moving the motion to summon Malami, Senator Dino Melaye said: “We must make it clear here to the individuals in the Executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of weakness.
“The National Assembly bent backwards to accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.
“We did not follow up the various infractions because we believe there are bigger issues which the government has to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian has food on his table and live comfortably in a secure environment.
“We know that the country is actually in a state of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck. [myad]