The trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy Ike Ekweremadu, a former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi, on alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order has been adjourned to 28th of September .
The matter presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, had at the last proceeding, when the accused persons were arraigned, adjourned the matter to today July 11, for commencement of trial.
However, following the commencement of the yearly vacation of the courts in the country, the legal assistant to the Judge at about 7:58am announced in the open court that the court would not be sitting, having received correspondence for the courts to embark on its usual long vacation.
Although the court did not sit, Saraki Ekweremadu, Maikasuwa and Efeturi who are defendants in the trial were present in court with their counsels and sympathisers.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has appointed a new counsel, Aliyu Umar to prosecute the criminal charge.
Umar is taking over from the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) , Mohammed Diri who on June 27 led the Federal government legal team for the arraignment of the four who are standing trial on a two count charge on a two count charge of forgery and conspiracy.
The two count charge reads; “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves, to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of Conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law.
“That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with fraudulent intent forged the Senate Standing Order 2011 (as amended) causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law”.