President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, have ignored invitation for questioning by the Nigeria police on the alleged forgery of the Senate Rules 2011.
Apart from Saraki and Ekweremadu, others invited were a former Leader of the Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba; a former Chairman of the Senate Ccommittee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enag, who incidentally is the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate); the Secretary of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business; and the Clerk of the Senate in 7th National Assembly.
The letter of invitation, dated June 7, said those invited were expected to appear before the Force Criminal Investigation Department on June 9, 2016. But none of them appeared for the questioning.
The Senate Standing Orders 2015, alleged to be a forged version of the 2011 version, was used for the election that produced Saraki and Ekweremadu shortly after the 8th Senate was proclaimed on June 9, 2015.
The police invitation letter reads in full: “I refer to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police’s letter No. CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/VOL. 186/98 dated 1st July, 2015 requesting the under-listed officials of the seventh Senate to report to the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for the purpose of conducting investigation on the above subject matter: Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Majority Leader of the Senate, Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate, Chairman, Business and Rules; Secretary, Business and Rules.
“As at the time of writing this letter, none of the officials in the above seventh Senate list honoured the invitation to respond to the allegations, except the clerks of the National Assembly and the Senate.
“Consequent upon the above, you are kindly requested to inform the listed officials yet to respond to report to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department on 9th June, 2016 for the purpose of further investigation on the matter.
“While hoping that you will accord this request the urgent attention it deserves, please accept the warm regards of the Inspector-General of Police.” [myad]