Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu have had their charge of criminal conspiracy withdrawn by the Federal Government.
A litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme, filed an affidavit on Thursday in support of the motion.
Mr. Loveme said on September 30 in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, a counsel to the Federal Government on the matter, Aliyu Umar (SAN), told him that he had studied the case diary and “had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.
Mr. Loveme added that he has, consequently, filed an amended charge in which only Maikasuwa and Efeturi would face prosecution.
“That I depose to this affidavit in good faith believing same to be correct to the best of my knowledge and information and in accordance with the Oaths Act Cap 01 laws of the Federation of Nigeria,” he said.
The charge read: “Salisu Maikasuwa and Benedict Efeturi, on or about the 9th day of June 2015 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act, to wit to make the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended without the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria which act was committed by yourselves and that you thereby committed the offence of criminal conspiracy.”
The two officials are accused of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate “with intention that the Senators elect of the 8th Senate would believe that the said Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended) was made by the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria.”
They are also accused of forging a document punishable under section 366 of the Penal Code Act (Northern States) Federal Provisions Act, 1960, Cap 345, Laws of the Federation 1990 (as amended).
The Nigerian Government also accused them of giving false information with the intention to mislead the public.