President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government filed a motion and have withdrawn the charge of criminal conspiracy. The high court in Abuja, granted the application of the federal government to withdraw the forgery charge against Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, alongside Salisu Maikasuwa, former clerk of the national assembly, and Ben Efeturi, his deputy.
According to Punch newspaper, the lead prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), told the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Jabi Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, on Friday, that the charges were being withdrawn because of a pending case related to the charges before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“This government respects the rule of law, and hierarchy of the judiciary. It is obvious from these two applications (filed by Saraki and Ekweremadu) and the similar case before your learned brother, Justice Kolawole, at the Federal High Court who is dealing with the issue that we are withdrawing the charges.
“It is trite that two matters of the same subject matter cannot be before different courts of coordinate jurisdiction. Therefore, the amended charge dated October 5, 2016 and also the original dated June 10, 2016 and filed the same date be struck out and all the four defendants be discharged,” he said.