Forgery: Maikasuwa Silence Over Police Investigation

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Teddy Oscar, Abuja

Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, on Tuesday maintained a deafening silence to journalists, who sought to know what transpired between him and some officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), who interrogated him over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules preparatory to the inauguration of the 8th Senate on Tuesday, June 9.

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Maikasuwa practically demonstrated his refusal to utter a word on the matter to journalists, using two of his right hand fingers to hold his lips as firmly as he could when approached with questions.

A week, after the inauguration of the 8th Senate by Maikasuwa in his capacity as the CNA and in line with proclamation made to that effect by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Kabiru Marafa had on behalf of 32 other APC senators, who missed the inauguration questioned the amended senate standing order given to senators at the inauguration alleging that the new order was forged since there was no time such an amendment took place in the 7th Senate of which he was a member.

Marafa who came through order 110 to level the allegation then, said that the 8th Senate had been operating an amended version of the 2011 rule called “Rule 2015” without a valid amendment process as dictated by the Rules.

It was on the strength of the allegation that the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekwetemadu, submitted on the floor of the Senate that what happened as far as Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended), was concerned, as a replacement for that of 2011, was not forgery but amendment in the true sense.

A submission that made the Senate Unity Forum (SUF), through its Secretary, Hon. Suleiman Hunkuyi, to write a written petition against EKweremadu and the CNA to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, last week, upon which about nine police officers stormed the National Assembly on Monday to interrogate the Clerk.

Apparently to settle the dust his interrogation by the Police must have caused the Senate leadership, Maikasuwa and other top management team of the National Assembly pledged their loyalty to them through an hurried courtesy visit paid the Senate President yesterday.

Maikasuwa, at the visit, aside congratulating the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on his emergence as Senate President, assured Saraki and the 8th National Assembly as whole, of the commitment of the entire management staff of National Assembly.

“We are here to once again congratulate you on your election as President of the Senate and to assure you of the commitment of the National Assembly to ensure that we will partner with you so that you will be able to deliver on your campaign promises and the promises you made when you were delivering your acceptance speech during the inauguration of the National Assembly.

“We are a united bureaucracy and we are dedicated, we are very loyal and would continue to pursue effective service delivery in the interest of the National Assembly and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.

Also emphasizing the issue of commitment and loyalty, Saraki in his response said the reason the National Assembly management was invited, was to plead for their total support and commitment to the 8th National Assembly.

“I know you had formally congratulated me after my election as Senate President, but I just felt that it is important on behalf of our colleagues in the 8th Senate to, formally invite you to this meeting because our success depends on your cooperation, support and commitment.

“We offer our own hand of partnership so that we can work together for the progress of the country. Some of the things we will have to do together in terms of oversight, lawmaking, we will do it together. We cannot do it alone without your support,” he said.



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