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False assets declaration: FG moves to amend charges against Saraki

The Federal Government on Wednesday informed the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, of its interest to amend the charges against the president of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.

Saraki is currently facing a 16-count charge for false asset declaration before the Danladi Umar-led tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The Federal Government had in 2016 amended the charges from 13-counts to 16.

At the resumed trial today, counsel to the government, Rotimi Jacobs announced the decision to amend the charges, saying the motion has been served on all parties involved.

The defence team confirmed receipt of the motion, saying they have been served by the prosecution.

Umar, who heads the tribunal, also confirmed receipt of the application.

Earlier, the prosecution witness told the tribunal that investigation which led to the trial of the Senate President was triggered by a previous investigation conducted by the a Presidential investigation team in 2006.

Madojemu, who was the head of investigation said, “When we joined the team, a review of the investigation was done by the CCB, EFCC and other members of the team. In the course of the review, the team discovered that there was a previous report by a Presidential investigation team set up in 2006 consisting the CCB, EFCC and the SSS.

“It was that report which covered the beginning of tenure 2003 of the defendant. That report was what triggered the investigation.”

The matter has been stepped down for one hour.

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