Federal high court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two other accused persons — Salisu Maikasuwa, former clerk of the national assembly, and Benedict Efeturi, deputy clerk of the legislature on their trial over an alleged forgery.
All four accused persons pleaded not guilty after which their lawyers argued that they be granted bail.
The case has been adjourned to July 11.
Accordly to Vanguard report Joseph Daodu, counsel to Ekweremadu, who stated that it is shameful how the country is denting its democracy by the trial, requested the court to grant his client bail on self-recognition, adding that he is ready for trial.
counsel to Saraki Paul Erokoro asked the court to grant the Senate President bail on self-recognition.
There bail applications was refused by Federal Government, while The judge, who noted that the accused persons had not been proved guilty, hence granted them conditional bail. He ordered that the defendants were to provide two reasonable sureties who must be Nigerians and who must own property in Abuja, the failure of which they would be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja.