The senator representing Kogi West and Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye has discovered a plan by certain people to distort the police report on the alleged forgery of the senate standing rules just to implicate the Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Dino Melaye is a staunch supporter of the Senate President and quite a vocal member of the National Assembly.
In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by him, Melaye revealed that even though the initial police report submitted to the Presidency by the Assistant-Inspector General of Police, James Caulcrick did not indict Saraki and Ekweremadu, some people are desperately trying to alter the report to implicate the 2 principal officers of the senate.
The senate and the Presidency have been in a tensioned face-off over the alleged forgery case. The senate has repeatedly declared that the arraignment of its principal officers in court, in respect to the forgery, is a sheer abuse of power by the Presidency.
Just recently, a court in Abuja described Saraki and Ekweremadu’s arraignment as an abuse of court processes by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
Melaye’s statement read, “We have our own sources and we have been reliably informed that the prosecution having realized that there is a big hole in their case against Saraki and Ekweremadu who were not mentioned in the police report, are now trying to doctor the report and include the names of both presiding officers of the Senate. We are aware of that development and we want members of the public to know the level of desperation that these people are ready to go to nail the Senate President and his deputy.”
“It is because of this plan that they refused to include the police report in the process they filed in court. We have said it repeatedly that the government and specifically, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami has no case against our presiding officers. They filed the case to distract the two men, embarrass them, force a change of leadership and eventually cow the Senate, in particular, and the National Assembly, in general.”
“The forgery case is the height of desperation by some elements to bring down the legislature. Malami has a personal agenda to achieve an objective for which he has been hired as a counsel by a few aggrieved Senators. Now, a court has affirmed our claim that he is abusing his office and that there is a conflict of interest involving him.”
“The said police report is already in the public space. The media has published it verbatim. We will be watching them to see how they will smuggle Saraki and Ekweremadu’s names into it. This is the height of desperation and we will continue to monitor developments on it. It is clear those who initiated this forgery suit against the leadership of the Senate know that they have made a mistake. They should cut their losses and discontinue the error.”
“To think that they will now use forgery to justify a false case of forgery, further their abuse of the court process as well as abuse of office and think we will be looking at them will not be possible. We will call on the courts to continue to play their role as the last resort for every man who wants justice at all times and in all circumstances.”