The trial of President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and others at an Abuja Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High court sitting in Jabi was on Monday stalled due to the ongoing vacation of judicial workers.

Saraki, Ekweremadu, former clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and the Deputy clerk, Benedict Efeturi are facing two count charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the senate standing rule‎s, 2015, which was leveled against them by the Federal Government.

Saraki, Ekweremadu and the other accused persons who arrived the court earlier had to return back after been told of the break.

Recall that the Justice Yusuf Halilu -led court had on June 27 granted all accused persons bail after they pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

However, the court could not sit today because the judiciary was on vacation, which is expected to last till September.

A registrar of the court who confided in our source, said the matter will not be heard today because the court is on recess.

The source said, “As you can see, the accused persons just arrived but the matter will not be coming up today because the court is on recess.”

On when the matter will be coming up, the source said, “The accused persons will come back later for a date on when the trial will resume but that will be after the judicial vacation which will end sometime in September.”

The court has fixed September 28, 2016 for the continuation of trials.


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