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Politics Senate Rules Forgery: What Senate Clerks Said During Interrogation

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Suspected bailiffs on Tuesday pasted a court summons on the notice board of the national assembly, inviting Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu, to appear before the FTC High Court next Monday for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Order 2015.

The outgoing Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa; and the Deputy Clerk, Benedict Efeturi, were also asked to be present.

The handwritten statements of Maikasuwa and Efeturi as well as that of 13 other former senators, interrogated by the police, were also pasted along with the court summons.

Both clerks denied being part of the alleged forgery of the document.

Maikashuwa said, “The Senate Standing Order used in Seventh Senate was not known to me. The Clerk of the Senate (Efeturi) is in position to know. I was not aware of the amendment that was made to the Standing rules.”

Efeturi said, “The Senate Leadership handled the 2015 Standing Rules as amended by their convention and practice. Standing Orders 2003, 2007 and 2011 followed similar practice.”

Reacting, the senate summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to appear before the red chamber in the next 48 hours. He was accused incompetence, abuse of office among other things by the senate.


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