FG to File Fresh Charges Against Saraki and Ekweremadu

By Ikenga Chronicles October 9, 2016

FG to File Fresh Charges Against Saraki and Ekweremadu

Few days after they were left off the hook on allegations of forgery of senate rules, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu may return to the docks as the government is set to press fresh charges. The Vanguard reports that plans are in place to get them in again, this time, individually instead of the joint suit instituted the first time, they will now be arraigned separately. The withdrawal, according to the report, was
necessary to give the police time to conduct fresh investigations. It said there were interviews that were not conducted before the suit was filed the first time, and this was a vital procedure for the prosecution.

“You can see that under the Criminal Justice Act, the statement of the accused persons and all the witnesses are expected to be filed and it would have been wrong to have pressed ahead with the case when the police are yet to conclude their investigations,” the Ministry of Justice official pointed out.“The federal government considered it appropriate to withdraw the case and conclude the investigation and attach both the statements by the accused and the witnesses before filing fresh charges against the suspects.

“We want to strengthen our position and present a solid case against the suspects as required under the Criminal Justice Administration Act,”

This will come as a big blow to some who were already using the opportunity to mend fences in what was being viewed by some as a political rejigging for the future. So far, the government has not made further statement. Ikenga Chronicles will follow the news as it unfolds.

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