Forgery trial: Ekweremadu cries to UN, EU, US, UK, others

Nigeria Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday wrote the United Nations, European Union, United States Congress, European Union Parliament, Governments of United States, United Kingdom and other foreign missions, over his trial for alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules.

Ekweremadu, Senate President Bukola Saraki were on Monday arraigned before an Abuja High Court for allegedly forging the Senate rules during the process by which they were elected leaders of the National Assembly in June 2015.

In his letter, Ekweremadu raised the alarm over what he described as attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy and “silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in the country, all in the name of prosecuting an alleged forgery case.”

Ekweremadu attached copies of the court summons and other relevant documents to the two-page letter entitled “Re: Trumped up charges against the presiding officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in Grave Danger”.

The deputy Senate president noted that he wanted the international community, to “after perusing the facts before them, decide whether or not the trial was justified, or one purely borne out of political vendetta.”

He insisted that neither his name nor that of Saraki featured in the petition filed by the aggrieved members of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF) or during the investigation of the petition by the police.