‘We haven’t seen any court papers’ | Saraki, Ekweremadu react to forgery suit

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu are yet to be served with the court process on the suit initiated against them by the Federal Government over the alleged forgery of the order used for their inauguration as presiding officers of the 8th Senate.

The aides to the two principal officers of the senate in seperate interviews with the Punch newspapers, revealed that even though they read the story of the suit in the media like everyone else, their bosses had not been served the court processes.

The Senate President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said, “We read the story just like any other Nigerian. We have not been served with any court documents so we don’t have the details. Whatever action that would be taken would be after studying the court papers on the suit.”

“We cannot make comments on the issue at the moment but we are watching events as they unfold. We read newspaper reports about police inviting officers of the 7th Senate yesterday for questioning on the issue and today the story is different. Our reaction will come later.”

On his part, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Ekweremadu, Uche Anichukwu, said the deputy senate president was still awaiting details of the suit and could therefore not give a reaction yet.

He said, “The deputy president of the senate read the story in the newspapers; we are waiting for details from those who filed the suit before we can react.”

A source in Ekweremadu’s office told Punch newspaper that “some powerful people in the President Muhammadu Buhari government” had put some people under pressure to institute the suit.

The source was quoted to have said, “The police told reporters last year that Ekweremadu was not invited by the police over the forgery saga. However, a year after, the police wrote a letter claiming that Ekweremadu and others failed to honour their invitation for investigation since last year.”

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