Saraki: Senate President slams AGF over forgery case

Bukola Saraki

Saraki frowned at Malami's actions, describing it as a violation of the principles of separation of power

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has slammed the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami over allegations of forgery levelled against him by the Federal Government.

Saraki frowned at the AGF’s actions, describing it as a violation of the principles of separation of power.

He said “In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the Separation of Powers between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as enshrined in our Constitution. Furthermore, it is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General. These trumped up charges is only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate.”

Saraki also alleged that some powerful people have taken over power from President Buhari.

The Senate President said he will rather go to jail than to yield to the dictates of the selfish politicians who want to destroy the nation’s democracy.

READ: I am not scared of going to jail – Saraki says

Saraki also said “Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document.

“This misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive Branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive Branch participants.”

Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja today, Monday, June 27, 2016, for the forgery trial.

Justice Yusuf Haliru however granted the Senate leaders bail, and adjourned the case to July 11, 2016.

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