Strong indications are emerging that the Nigerian Police have presented to the National Prosecution Coordination Committee, another report on the investigations into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015.
In the report, the police indicted the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, Sunday Punch reports.
It was learnt that the Special Investigation Panel (SIP), chaired by the retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, stated that Salisu Maikasuwa, a former Clerk to the National Assembly, could not have committed the alleged offence without the connivance of the two principal officers.
It would be recalled, on October 6, this year, the federal government withdrew the charges of criminal conspiracy relating to the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015, filed against the Senate President and his deputy at an Abuja High Court.
The Nigerian government had withdrawn the case against the two principals following the conclusion of the investigation which proved to be inconclusive and without strong evidence.
Saraki and Ekweremadu were earlier charged alongside Maikasuwa and Efeturi for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Orders, which were used for the inauguration of the Eight Senate.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges before Justice Yusuf Halilu and were granted bail on June 10, 2016.
Following the amendment of the charges, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), directed the police to conduct fresh investigations into the case.
However, a top police operative revealed on Saturday, that the SIP had addressed the loopholes the AGF identified in the former report.
Another top source at the Force Headquarters said:
A highly-placed source – with knowledge of the probe – said it was now up to the AGF and the NPCC to decide whether to re-arraign Saraki, Ekweremadu and others or not.
The source disclosed that the detectives were able to verify the extent of amendment to the Senate Standing Orders 2011, the individuals who authorised it, and the official who ordered the printing of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015.