Forgery case: Presidency not assembling witnesses against Saraki, Ekweremadu —Enang

THE Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, on Friday, declared that no presidency officials have been assembled to testify against the presiding officers and top two National Assembly management officials currently standing trial over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules 2011.

Enang, who briefed journalists at the Senate, denied that some top presidency officials, including himself, have been listed as prosecution witnesses.

The Special Adviser to the Vice-President on Political Affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu is also among the 14 prominent Nigerians said to have been lined up as prosecution witnesses in the case.

Enang stated that the clarification became imperative in view of “false publications and insinuations” that presidential aides have been lined up to testify against the presiding officers of the Senate and others in the case.

Enang insisted that his listing as a witness was solely based on his position as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the seventh Senate.

“I was the chairman of the Rules and Business Committee of the 7th Senate which ended plenary on June 4, 2015 and the 8th Senate was inaugurated on June 9, 2015.

“Upon a written petition to the police on the subject of alleged forgery of the Standing Orders by some distinguished Senators of the 8th Senate, the Inspector General of Police, through one DIG Dan Azumi J. Doma, wrote to the Clerk to the National Assembly vide his letter dated July 1, 2015,” he said.

The presidential aide disclosed that the police requested the Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikashuwa, to inform some key officials of the seventh Senate to have an audience with Doma on or before 6 July, 2015.