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Senate forgery case: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others plead not guilty as court grant them bail

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The conspiracy and forgery case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and former clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasua began today, and all the accused pleaded not guilty after the two count charge against them were read to Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu and the former clerk, Maikasua in the presence of Justice Halilu at the Abuja FCT High court today, Monday.

The plea followed an application by the lead prosecution counsel, M.S.Diri who told the Justice Yusuf Halilu-led court that the matter was for arraignment and urged the court to direct that the two count charge be read to the accused persons.

Saraki, Ekweremadu and Maikasua are facing a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery of senate rule in 2015.

Justice Halilu has stood down the matter to allow the prosecution file a counter affidavit against the motion for bail of the accused persons.

Prior to the stand down, Halilu denied asking reporters to vacate the courtroom.

“I will not ask journalists to leave my courtroom, don’t report what is not correct. I represent everybody; my work is to do the best I can,” Halilu said.

Meanwhile Justice Yusuf Haliru granted bail to Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy Ike Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi. Saraki, Ekweremadu.

Part of their bail condition is that their sureties, two each, must have landed property in Maitama, Asokoro, Garki or Wuse or be remanded in Kuje prison. The case has been adjourned to July 11th..

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