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Saraki FG amends charges against Senate President

In addition to the false asset declaration charge which the Senate President is standing trial for, two more charges have been added.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on March 24, 2016.

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The Federal Government has amended the charges against the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.

In addition to the false asset declaration charge which the Senate President is standing trial for, Punch reports that he will also be charged for:

1. Failing to declare his asset at 42, Remi Fani Kayode Street, Ikeja, Lagos state, to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on resumption of office as Kwara Governor in 2003.

2. Receiving salary as Governor of Kwara State after leaving office, from 2011 – 2015.

Both offences are said to be punishable under section 23(2) of the code of conduct bureau and tribunal act as incorporated under paragraph 18, Part I of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution and section 6(a) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. CAP. C15, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and as incorporated under paragraph 2(a), Part I of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution, respectively.

A mild drama happened on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the trial of the Senate President, when Raphael Oluyede, one of the lawyers representing Saraki insisted on presenting a motion seeking the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chairman’s withdrawal from the case.

The CCT chairman, Justice Danladi Umar got furious and asked security officials to arrest Oluyede.

Justice Umar reportedly called Oluyede a ‘Busybody lawyer.’

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