The trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Abubakar Saraki, over alleged false assets declaration is expected to continue today (Tuesday May 10) at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar had on Thursday April 28 ruled and accepted an amended 16-count charge filed by the prosecution against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
This prompted counsel to the Senate President to take a fresh plea on the charges being raised.
During the last hearing of the case at the CCT, the prosecution had asked to replace the former charge against the Senate President with new charges.
This came up just after the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking Umar’s withdrawal from his trial, holding that the application lacked absolute merit.
The former charge was filed on October 18, 2015 and Prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, asked the court to accept the new charges, dated April 27, 2016 as the case against the Senate President.
Dr. Bukola Saraki has pleaded not guilty to the amended 16-count charges of alleged false declaration of asset filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Senate President was first charged in September 2015 for alleged false and anticipatory declaration of assets.