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Saraki FG Slams Senate President with two fresh charges

Saraki now faces two fresh charges, which includes the allegation that he continued to receive salary as Governor of Kwara State after the expiration of his tenure.

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The charges of false asset declaration against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, which is being heard at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja, has been amended, Punch reports.

Following the amendment, Saraki now faces two fresh charges, which includes the allegation that he continued to receive salary and emoluments as Governor of Kwara State after the expiration of his tenure and at the same time, from the Federal Government as a senator between June 2011 and October 2013.

The second fresh charge is that Saraki did not declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau on assumption of office as Governor of Kwara State in 2003, his leasehold interest in the property at 42, Remi Fani Kayode Street, Ikeja, Lagos.

According to report, the Senate President acquired the property  in December 12, 1996 through his company, Skyview Properties Limited from First Finance trust Limited.

The offence is said to be contrary to 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.

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It is 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.

The original 13-count charge against him includes false asset declaration and maintaining of offshore account while serving as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

It was also gathered that the Federal Government might further amend the charges before they will be read to Saraki.

His ongoing trial before the CCT was on Thursday, April 21, adjourned till April 27.

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