Senate Forgery: IGP says Saraki, Ekweremadu ‘can be prosecuted’

Gilbert Nnaji (PDP/Enugu East) sued the police recently to stop them from investigating the alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Order.

Now the judge in charge, Gabriel Kolawole, ruled against the senator and asked the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Solomon Arase to appear before the court and explain why the petition shouldn’t be granted.

In appearing in court, Arase, on Tuesday, dismissed the suit filed by Nnaji as ridiculous, laughable and a mere waste of time.

Arase said through a counter-affidavit that no court of law in the country has powers to stop the force from performing its statutory functions of investigating crimes.

He said nobody in the country, including the 74 political office holders covered by provision of section 308 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), is immune from investigation.

“The present Senate has not enacted any standing orders yet. As at the time of inauguration of this present Senate, no standing orders had been made. Till date, no such standing orders have so far been made.

“The practice is that at inauguration, the incoming Senate uses the standing orders of the preceding Senate. The immediate past Senate did not amend the 2011 standing orders and the 2011 standing orders have not yet been amended,” he said.

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