It was jubilation galore yesterday at the premises of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], Abuja where Justice Yusuf Halilu struck out the forgery charge brought against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others by the Federal Government.
Justice Halilu accordingly struck out the charge and discharged the defendants after the application for the withdrawal of the charge was not opposed to by counsel to Saraki, Paul Erokoro [SAN], Joseph Daudu [SAN] for Ekweremadu and other defence lawyers in the case.
In his ruling, the judge struck out the charge and discharged all four defendants and praised the prosecution counsel for bringing his wealth of experience into the matter, which led to the striking out of the case.
Justice Halilu stated: “It takes courage for somebody that is backing the government to have shown great courage displayed by Aliyu Umar. By this courage you have chosen the path of honour and good professionalism. As Nigerians we have a duty especially the bar and bench to make it better than we met it in the past.”
Immediately after the court session, supporters of the defendants who had invaded the court broke into wild jubilation showering praises on their political leaders for overcoming their travails.
The Federal Government had arraigned the defendants on June 20, 2016 on charges of forgery of the senate standing rules during the senate leadership election held in June last year.