A four-man team will today take over the prosecution of Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others on charges of forgery of the Senate Orders used for their elections in the 8th Senate in June 2015.
The Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, had, preferred charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu and a former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his then deputy, Benedict Efeturi.
The offence of conspiracy is punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Act and offence of forgery with “fraudulent intent” punishable under Section 364 of the same law.
The court had, after the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 27, fixed Monday (today) for the commencement of trial.
Sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja confirmed to Punch that a four-man team would take over the prosecution of the accused persons from the Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Diri, as the case comes up today.
The new prosecution team was led by a former Attorney General of Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN).
He is known to be a no-nonsense lawyer, the kind of person President Buhari needs in times like this.