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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Alleged forgery: Ekweremadu writes US Congress, EU Parliament-his short quotes

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Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu, on Tuesday, wrote to the United
Nations, European Union, United States'
Congress, European Union (EU) Parliament,
governments of United States, United Kingdom
and other foreign missions. A two pages latter. entitled: "Re: Trumped up
charges against the presiding officers of the
eighth Senate: Nigerian democracy is in grave
According to him "You may further wish to judge
for yourself whether this unfolding scenario,
coupled with the clampdown on the opposition,
such as targeted arrests and indefinite detention
of opposition figures and dissenting voices in
spite of court pronouncements and in clear
violation of the Nigerian constitution, as well as
the sustained marginalisation of the South-East
and South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria
does not constitute a grave danger to the nation's
hard-won democracy."
The letter read in part: "I wish to forward to you
the court summons containing the trumped up
charges preferred against my person; the
President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator
Bukola Saraki and two others.
"I also wish to appeal to you to kindly find time to
read through the annexures- petition by
members of the Senate Unity Forum, statements
by persons interrogated and the police report- to
see if our names appeared anywhere in these
"You may, thereafter, judge for yourself whether
the Federal Government, acting through the
Attorney-General of the Federation, has any
justification whatsoever to generate our names
for trial. The list of the accused persons appear to
have been politically generated because you
cannot by the documents attached, relate any of
our names to the offence for which we are now
being charged.
"Moreover, the rules and principles of fair hearing
have not been adhered to because the police
have not interacted with me or the President of
the Senate as at the time of writing this letter.
"You may also wish to judge for yourself whether
this trial orchestrated against me is not a political
trial, calculated witch-hunt, barefaced
intimidation, and a clear attempt to emasculate
the parliament and silence me as the leader and
highest ranking member of the opposition in
"Meanwhile, it could also be recalled that an
attempt was made on my life on November 17,
2015. The Nigerian security agencies did nothing,
even though the incident was duly reported. This
is for your information and reflection."
In a related development, the Minister of Justice
the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mallam
Abubakar Malami, has been invited again to
appear before the Senate Committee on
Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters
tomorrow for the second time.
His earlier invitation to appear before the same
committee was sequel to a resolution in a motion
moved at the plenary by Senator Dino Melaye
over a forgery case described as imminent threat
to the democracy .
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