An FCT High Court has today struck out charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu and discharged them accordingly.
The federal government approached the court seeking for the charges brought against the two Senate leaders and former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi to be struck out upon realisation that a similar matter is before a Federal High Court.
Counsel to the FG, Aliyu Umar (SAN) said the FG came to the conclusion based on its respect for the rule of law and the hierarchy of the judiciary.
“In view of the respect of the FG for the rule of law and the hierarchy of the judiciary having realised that a similar matter is before a Federal High Court and it is trite that courts of coordinate jurisdiction cannot hear the same matter at the same time”, Umar said.
He urged the court to in view of the above fact strike out the amended charge filed on 5th October, 2016 and the original charge on 10 June, 2016.
“We urge your lordship to strike out the two charges and discharge all the defendants”, Umar said.
Justice Halilu Yusuf said his responsibility has been made simple with the lack of objections from all defense counsels.
He said in view of this, the original charge and the amended charge are struck out accordingly.
“The 1st (Maikasuwa), 2nd (Efeturi), 3rd (Ekweremadu) and 4th (Saraki) defendants are hereby consequentially discharged,” the Judge ruled.
The four were arraigned and alleged to have masterminded the use of a bogus Senate Standing Rules for the July 9, 2015 election through which gave both Saraki and Ekweremadu the control of the leadership of the Senate.