President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others, accused of forgery arrived at 8:48am in company of at least 30 senators. Muhammadu Diri, counsel to the federal government; the prosecution, told the court that the business of the day was “arraignment.”
Saraki, Ekweremadu, and two others — Salisu Maikasuwa, former clerk of the national assembly; and Benedict Efeturi, deputy clerk of the national assembly — all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, the case was stood down for an hour at the instance of the prosecution who said that he needed time to file a response to applications for bail by the defendants.
Paul Erokoro (SAN) Saraki’s lawyer did not object to the request of the prosecution just as Joseph Daodu Ekweremadu’s lawyer did not.
Saraki, Ekweremadu, Maikasuwa, Efeturi, are facing charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the senate standing rules, 2015, brought against them by the federal government.
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