Forgery Case: Melaye alerts on attempts to tamper with evidence

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Chairman, Senator Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, has raised the alarm on what he called a plan by certain individuals to doctor the police report on the investigation
of allegation of forgery leveled against the leadership of the Senate. According to Melaye in a statement he issued on Monday, the attempt is aimed indicting Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Melaye in the statement in Abuja stated that those behind the plot are scheming to forge a police report different from the one signed by AIG James Caulcrick to justify and prove a case of forgery against the
Senate President and the deputy president.

“We have our own sources and we have been reliably informed that the prosecution having realized that there is a big hole in their case against Saraki and Ekweremadu who were not mentioned in the police
report, are now trying to doctor the report and include the names of both presiding officers of the Senate.
“We are aware of that development and we want members of the public to know the level of desperation that these people are ready to go to nail the Senate President and his deputy.
“It is because of this plan that they refused to include the police report in the process they filed in court. We have said it repeatedlythat the government and specifically, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami has no case against our presiding officers. They filed the case to distract the two men,

embarrass them, force a change of leadership and eventually cow the
Senate, in particular, and the National Assembly, in general.
“The forgery case is the height of desperation by some elements to
bring down the legislature. Malami has a personal agenda to achieve an
objective for which he has been hired as a counsel by a few aggrieved
Senators. Now, a court has affirmed our claim that he is abusing his
office and that there is a conflict of interest involving him.
“The said police report is already in the public space. The media has
published it verbatim. We will be watching them to see how they will
smuggle Saraki and Ekweremadu’s names into it. This is the height of
desperation and we will continue to monitor developments on it. It is
clear those who initiated this forgery suit against the leadership of
the Senate know that they have made a mistake. They should cut their
losses and discontinue the error.
“To think that they will now use forgery to justify a false case of
forgery, further their abuse of the court process as well as abuse of
office and think we will be looking at them will not be possible. We
will call on the courts to continue to play their role as the last
resort for every man who wants justice at all times and in all
circumstances”, the Senator stated.

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