Saraki’s Resignation, A Done Deal – Presidency‎ Vows

By Amako Nneji July 8, 2016 13:22

Saraki’s Resignation, A Done Deal – Presidency‎ Vows

Sources in the Presidency have on Friday, July 8, vowed that with the 20 teams of prosecutors, comprising 80 lawyers, billed to handle Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s forgery case, he would not escape resignation or impeachment.

“A crack team of lawyers have already been trained to prosecute the likes of Saraki and other corrupt people. With this, it will be a hard nut for Saraki to crack. I will advise, he resign honourably, the evidences against him are intimidating,” a presidential source confided.

Adding: “Those who will handle a number of high profile criminal cases investigated by law enforcement agencies, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC, have been trained”.

The PUNCH learnt that each of the teams, had four lawyers, with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, as the leader.

It was learnt that the Professor Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, was involved in the training of the special prosecutors.

On Thursday, July 7, sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja, confirmed that one of the teams of prosecutors, had been assigned the forgery case, recently instituted against Saraki, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others.

The new prosecuting team will fully take over the forgery case from the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Diri, when the trial resumes on Monday, July, 11.

The Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, had, on June 10, preferred against Saraki, Ekweremadu and others, two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, used for the leadership election of the presiding officers of the 8th Senate.

The two other co-accused persons, are a former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his then Deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

On June 27, the four accused persons were arraigned, and they pleaded not guilty to the charges before Justice Yusuf Halilu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi, Abuja.

Shortly after their arraignment on June 27, they were granted bail, on the conditions that each of them should produce two sureties, who must have property either in Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse 2 or Garki (all in Abuja).

Sources further revealed, that the AGF and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, deliberately assigned the case to the special prosecution team, for “efficient prosecution and management of the case”.

It was learnt that the team was given the liberty by the AGF, to review the case file, “and make necessary adjustments or amendments” where necessary, to enhance the prospect of a successful prosecution of the case.

“The prosecutors, 80 in all, are constituted into 20 teams. After they were trained, cases have been assigned to the first six, and one of the cases is the Saraki case that you mentioned”, the Source confirmed.

The National Prosecution Coordination Committee, inaugurated by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, would review some of the cases either being prosecuted, or still being investigated by the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC and other agencies.