Senate investigates Saraki, Melaye over forgeries

Melaye seeks Amnesty for Treasury Looters

The Senate has resolved to investigate allegations that Nigeria Customs Service seized a N289 million bullet proof car that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, imported with forged Customs documents.

The Senate said it will also investigate allegation that Senator Dino Melaye forged a certificate of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

The resolution followed a motion raised by former Senate leader, Ali Ndume, who told the Senators that the two allegations are bringing the National Assembly into public ridicule.

The allegations were reported by an online medium, which said that the Customs seizure of the alleged Saraki’s car was responsible for the Senate’s demand that Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Alli, must appear before it in uniform.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary in the absence of Saraki, who was away to the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he is standing trial, referred the resolution to the ethics and privileged committee.

The committee is given four weeks to submit its report to the plenary.

Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki has reacted to the allegation, describing it as baseless.

Saraki in a statement by his media aide, Yusuf Olaniyonu, says he has nothing to do with the seized car.

He explained that Senate engaged a supplier to supply a car.

In the process of transferring the car from Lagos to Abuja by the suppliers, the car was impounded by the Customs.

Saraki says he could not be linked with a car that the Senate had not taken delivery of from the supplier.

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