Force Headquarters has renewed its invitation to former Senate President, Senator David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, nearly a year after they failed to honour the first invitation.
They were first summoned by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in July 2015, to answer questions for their role in the alleged forgery of Senate Rules.
Also invited to appear before police investigators are senators Victor Ndoma-Egba and Ita Enang then chairman of the Senate Rules and Business committee in the Seventh Senate.
A group of senators petitioned the police in June last year alleging that the rules used to elect the present senate President Bukola Saraki and all the principle officers were forged and called for criminal investigation.
Investigators from Force Headquarters opened investigation into the case almost immediately but not much has been heard about the case since then.
The second letter of invitation seen by Daily Trust was dated June 7, 2016 and signed by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, James O. Caulcrick on behalf of the DIG Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
The letter titled, “Re: Forgeries/ fraudulent use of Senate Standing Order/ Rules 2015 (As amended) by the Senate “ was addressed to the Clerk to the National Assembly.
It reads: “I refer to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police’s letter no. Cr: 300/x/FHQ/ABJ /Vol.185/98 dated 1st July, 2015 requesting the under-listed officials of the 7th Senate to report to the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for the purpose of conducting investigation on the above subject matter.
“As at the time of writing this letter, none of the officials in the above 7th Senate list honoured the invitation to respond to the allegations, except the Clerks of the National Assembly and that of the Senate.
“Consequent upon the above, you are kindly requested to inform the listed officials yet to respond to report to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department on 9th June, 2016 for the purpose of further investigation on the matter.” The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu reportedly emerged using the forged document in June last year when the eighth Senate was inaugurated.
It could not be confirmed yesterday whether they have honoured the invitation.
Ekweremadu’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu could not be reachable on phone for comment.
Contacted, the spokesperson of Mark, Paul Mumeh said he was not aware of the invitation.
“We are not aware of any invitation, and as you know my boss has nothing to do with the case,” he said by phone last night.
Meanwhile, the Senate is embarking on a process to amend the Senate Rules.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday ordered the distribution of the proposed amendment to senators.
He made the announcement at the end of yesterday’s plenary saying the amendment would be debated during next sitting.
“ Amendment made to the Standing rules will be debated on Tuesday. The management should take note and ensure it is circulated between today and Monday, “he said.
Our correspondent reports that the announcement was greeted by a general murmur by the Senators.
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