The Federal Government today withdrew the forgery charges against Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
This withdrawal was because of a pending case related to the charges before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), announced this today at the Jabi Division of the High Court.
He said the government respects the rule of law, and hierarchy of the judiciary. It is withdrawing because of the two applications filed by Saraki and Ekweremadu and a similar one before Justice Kolawole, at the Federal High Court.
The case before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja is a civil case filed by a serving Senator, Gilbert Nnaji. It is to challenge the then ongoing investigation into the alleged forgery of the Senate rule by Saraki and others.
The application by Umar for the withdrawal of the charges was not opposed by the defence lawyers. They comprisee, Messrs Ikechukwu Ezechukwu (SAN), Mahmud Magaji (SAN), Paul Erokoro (SAN) and Joseph Daudu (SAN).
Justice Halilu subsequently struck out the case and discharged all the four accused.