By G9ija

The federal government has amended the charges of false asset declaration it filed against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecution counsel, brought a notice of an amendment to the charges before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday.

He said the amendment was based on evidence that had already been tendered? at the tribunal.

In September 2015, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) filed a 13-count charge of false asset declaration? against the senate president.

And in February 2016, it amended the charges, adding three additional alleged offences, which made them 16.

But on Wednesday, two more charges were added, making them 18.

However, the prosecution counsel said more charges were not added, but that the main ones were “simplified” to reflect the evidence that had been tendered.

The trial could not continue owing to the fresh application.

Subsequently, Danladi Umar, chairman of the CCT, adjourned the case? to February 23 for Saraki to take his plea, and for the continuation of trial.

Culled from the Independent