The Federal Government has withdrawn its forgery charges against the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The two Senate leaders were charged alongside a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi.
The Principal officers were accused of illegally altering the Senate’s Standing Rule used in electing leaders and inaugurating the upper legislative chamber on June 9, 2015.
Now, the government through the office of the Attorney General Of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has now withdrawn the charges.
A litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme, filed an affidavit in support of the motion before the High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
In the affidavit, Loveme said the counsel to the Federal Government had studied the case diary and “had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.
Based on the amended charge, only Maikasuwa and Efeturi would face prosecution.
The two officials are accused of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate “with the intention that the Senators elect of the 8th Senate would believe that the said Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended) was made by the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria.”