Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others for alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules has been adjourned to September 28.
The court began its annual vacation this Monday. The trial will now resume in September when the court resumes from vacation.
The accused persons were already in court for their trial when they were told that the court has begun its vacation.
Saraki, Ekwerenmadu and the immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and the acting Clerk, Mr. Benedict Efeturi were charged with forging Senate Standing Rules.
They pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by Justice Yusuf Halilu of an Abuja High Court.
They were arraigned on a two-count charge of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery. All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and we’re consequently admitted to bail while trial was adjourned to 11th of July.
The four defendants were put on trial by the Federal Government on the allegation of forging the Senate Standing Rules used on June 9, last year to conduct the election that brought Saraki and Ekwerenmadu to office as principal officers of the Senate.