Senator representing Nassarawa West and a former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has denied claims by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki that he has a pending case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Following an interview granted by Senator Adamu berating Saraki for his defection, the Senate President claimed that Adamu became the attack dog of the Presidency since the EFCC dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign Adamu’s son in court.
Reacting to Saraki’s allegation, Adamu, who chairs the Senate committee on Agriculture, said Saraki was only economical with the truth because he told Saraki when his case was struck out at the court in 2016.
“I think because he has come so much to talk about EFCC, he’s being
dishonest about it. This is because when my case was terminated and I was discharged, in the Federal High Court in Lafia, way back on June 28, 2016, as a senator, when I got back to Abuja, I went to him (Saraki) and told him that my case has been discharged. All the other accused persons were discharged.
“ He congratulated me. Of course, it wasn’t for him to announce formally at plenary, but he congratulated me. There were other colleagues of mine I discussed the matter with. They knew about it. Each time they talk about Abdullahi Adamu, they say EFCC, I have no case with EFCC. I’ll give you the documents to see,” he said.
Adamu who spoke with journalists in Abuja over the weekend equally made available to newsmen the ruling on his case by a Federal High Court sitting in Lafia dated June 28, 2016 with reference number (FHC/LF/CR/08/2010).
The Prosecution in an application dated May 25, 2016 seeks to withdraw the suit. The application was supported by affidavit of 11 paragraphs and written address.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Salisu Majidadi, in moving the application relied on the averments in the affidavit and adopted the written address.
The Court presided over by Justice A. Okeke had while ruling on the application by the prosecution counsel, struck out the case and discharged Adamu and the 11 other accused persons.
He said the prosecution can withdraw a charge at any stage before judgement and that the Defence Counsel do not object to the withdrawal of the suit.
“The peculiarity of this case is that prior to taking plea, prosecution withdraws the charge. In such circumstance, the appropriate order to make is that of discharge. Prosecution having withdrawn the charge, the charge
be and is hereby struck out. Accused persons are discharged, “ Justice Okeke ruled, the certified true copy of the ruling read.
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