False assets declaration, ex-Niger-Delta Minister, Godsday Orubebe rearraigned

Godsday Orubebe

The Code of conduct Bureau (CCB) on tuesday brought a fresh one-count charge of false assets declaration against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)

Orubebe, who was earlier arraigned before tribunal on November 8 last year on a four-count charge, was re arraigned before the CCT on an amended charge of one count.

The former minister was earlier charged with false assets declaration and acceptance of bribe estimated at N70 million.

The new count reads: “That you, Godsday Peter Orubebe on or about June 29, 2011 while being a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable tribunal, did make a false declaration of assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau when you failed to declare Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja on assumption of office on September 26, 2007 and on leaving office (at the end of your tenure) on June 29, 2011 and you hereby commit an offence contrary to section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) of the same Act.”

After the charge was read to Orubebe and he pleaded not guilty, the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar adjourned to April 7.

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