Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu will be arraigned in court on June 27th over alleged forgery of Senate standing order.
The suit filed against the duo includes that two other NASS staffs namely, Salisu Maikasuwa (a onetime Clerk of NASS) and the Deputy Clerk Benedict Efeturi.
Four of the accused were absent in court yesterday because, they had not received court summons. The notice was thereafter posted on NASS complex notice board.
Reacting to the notices, Senator Dino Melaye said “The Nigerian Senate has observed the ongoing systematic degradation and abuse of the office of the leadership of the National Assembly by the executive arm of government through intimidation and harassment.
“This Senate notes regrettably that the executive arm of government as presently constituted is still to come to terms with the constitutional tenets of separation of powers and the independence of the legislative arm of government.
“My respected colleagues, this very noble Senate observes further, notwithstanding the maturity and nationalistic commitment of the National Assembly to ensure the survival of our democracy.
“The enthronement of order and national development through bipartisan initiatives and support for the executive, there remains a grand design not only to distract the National Assembly but to also intimidate it into silence and enthrone a one man rule.
“My colleagues, Mr. President, this Senate notes also the lack of respect for judicial decisions and the resolutions of the National Assembly by the executive which is beginning to arrogate itself unifying powers of the federation.
“The Senate notes that the current attempt to arraign the leadership of the Senate over an internal matter of the Senate and claims spuriously a forgery that does not exist is a smokescreen for an impending attempt to overthrow the legislative arm.
“This Senate therefore acknowledges the grave implications of this emerging trends which pose threats to the security and continued existence, unity and survival of our dear country.
See pictures of the summons below.