Monday, July 6, 2015

Police to quiz Ekweremadu over ‘forged’ Senate rules

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had summoned the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over alleged forgery of the Senate Rules on election of its principal officers.

The PDP said Ekweremadu is expected to appear before a team of investigators at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday (today).

It said the letter inviting the deputy senate president was dated July 1, 2015 and was signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of criminal investigation at the FHQ.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday.

The Force Headquarters has however said that he did not single out Ekweremadu for investigation.

The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle, explained that the investigation was not about an individual.

According to him, the police are investigating a petition by a senator alleging a forgery of the Senate rules and standing orders.

Shogunle said the case was being handled by the Force Criminal Investigation Department.

He said, “In line with the resolve of the police leadership to gather evidence, the FCID sent a letter to the Senate clerk requesting a meeting with principal officers. The police didn’t send a letter to the deputy senate president, but to the clerk.

“What we did was to write to the clerk to facilitate a meeting with some of the senators to verify the allegations that were made, the police have respect for democratic values; but the clerk is yet to respond to the letter.

“No invitation was sent to the deputy senate president. It’s not about an individual, but about those that should be in the know of the senate rules and standing orders. The investigation is being led by the DIG, FCID.”

The “forged rule” was said to have been used for the election of the leadership of the 8th Senate, in which Bukola Saraki emerged as the Senate President and Ekweremadu the deputy.

While Saraki belongs to the ruling All Progressives Congress, Ekweremadu is of the minority PDP.

The PUNCH learnt that the invitation to the deputy senate president indeed followed a petition to Arase by some senators, alleging forgery.

Metuh however alleged that the invitation to Ekweremadu was a ploy to arrest and detain him by the APC-led Federal Government.

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