THE suit seeking to stop investigation of the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 by the police is intended to shield Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and other officials of the Senate from probe, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) said at the weekend.
Ekweremadu and some senior officials of the Senate have been at the centre of police investigation into the secret alteration of.......some provisions of the 2011 Senate Standing Orders used by senators on their first sitting on June 9 as the Senate Standing Orders 2015 (amended).
Some of them have been invited by the police, interrogated and made to write statements.
It was in a bid to restrain the police and the office of the AGF from taking further steps in relation to the case that Gilbert Nnaji (representing Enugu East Senatorial District), on July 23, filed a suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/646/2015 before the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Senator Nnaji alleged that police investigation of the case “is inspired by a devious petition by the Secretary of the Unity Forum Senators, solely aimed at unjustly incriminating the office of the Deputy President of the Senate” being occupied by Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial district.
In its objection to the competence of the suit, the AGF Office queried Nnaji’s locus standi to institute the suit for being neither a principal officer of the Senate, elected under the controversial 2015 Orders, nor being investigated by the police.
It noted that by his averments, Nnaji has betrayed his true intention, which is to protect Ekweremadu.
It contended that it was only Ekweremadu and others, who feel their interests or rights would be affected by police investigation of the forgery allegation that could validly sue.
Culled - TheNation
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