20 teams of prosecutors made up of 80 lawyers has been set up by the Federal government to manage a lot of high profile criminal cases which are currently under the control of law enforcement agencies, like Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent and corrupt practices commission among others.
Each of these teams has been specially trained for the job for one month and they are made up of four lawyers with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria as the leader.
One of the teams has been assigned to handle the forgery case that was filed against the Senate President Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others, a source from the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja said.
It would be recalled that through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, had, on June 10, preferred against Saraki, Ekweremadu and others, two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules used for the leadership election of the presiding officers of the 8th Senate on June 4, 2015.
Mr. Mohammed Diri, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation,will han over the forgery case to the team on Monday the trial resumes.
The offence according to the Federal Government is punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Act and offence of forgery with “fraudulent intent” punishable under Section 364 of the same law.