ABUJA (CCT’s Report)- The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday October 4, 2016, convicted a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Peter Orubebe, for failure to declare his property plot 2057 at Asokoro District, Abuja.
This is contained in a statement released to the press by the Press and Public Relations Unit of CCT.
While delivering the judgment, the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Yakub Umar found Elder Orubebe guilty in the one count charge of false asset declaration; he however seized on behalf of the federal government property known as plot 2057 at Asokoro in Abuja.
As punishment the two man panel, chaired by Justice Umar ordered forfeiture of the undeclared property, plot 2057 at the Asokoro, Abuja to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Chairman stated ‘‘the prosecution had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and all evidence tendered are admitted’’. Adding that the court is satisfied with the prosecution, that up to the time of delivering the judgment it is the name of the accused person that is with Federal Capital Territory Land Registry as owner of the property and not the DW1/ DEVENTION PROPERTY LTD.
According to the release, the Tribunal adjudged the accused person (Orubebe) guilty as charged and on that premise handed down the punishment in accordance to section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act as incorporated in the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Tribunal rejected Mr. Orubebe’s defense that he acquired the said property after he became Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria and sold to another company before he left office.