Judgment Day for Elder Orubebe

Former Minister of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday
Orubebe, who was first arraigned in November 2015, for false
declaration of assets and obtaining a bribe of N70m from a contractor,
will know his fate today, Wednesday 21, 2016.
This is as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is set to pass judgment on him.
The former Minister, who the Federal Government put on trial at the
CCT, was said to have committed the crime when he held sway as Minister.
Federal Government had first instituted a four-count criminal charge against him, before the CCT, sitting in Abuja.
The charge signed by Peter Danlaby, a senior legal officer at the CCB
was dated October 8, and certified for trial, through the office of
the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Justice Danladi Umar-led Tribunal first took the plea of the
accused on November 9, 2015.
The Federal government had alleged that he pocketed bribe of N70m that
was given to him by one Pastor (Dr.) Jonathan Alota, the owner of a
company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited, from contracts that were awarded
by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
He was also accused of failing to declare ownership of two choice
properties in Abuja.
The four count charge, which was later amended, against Orubebe said
whereas he falsely declared his assets in 2011, offence under section
15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15, FG, he was also
accused of receiving bribe of N50m in 2012 and another N20m in 2013,
an offence contrary to section 10 of the CCB & Tribunal Act, 2004, and
punishable under Section 23 (2) of the same law.
The initial four-count charge read: “That you, Godsday Peter Orubebe,
while being a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of
Niger Delta Affairs, on or about June 29th 2011 did make a false
declaration in your asset declaration form by failing to declare plot
2722 Kyamu District Abuja on assumption of office on 26th September
2007 and on leaving office (at the end of your tenure), on June 29,
2011 and you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of Code of
Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 and as incorporated under
paragraph 11(1) & (2) of Part 1, Fifth Schedule to the Constitution
and punishable under section 23(2) of the CCB & T Act.
“That you Godsday Peter Orubebe, while being a Minister of Federal
Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on
or about June 29, 2011 did make a false declaration in your asset
declaration form by failing to declare plot 2059 Asokoro district,
Abuja on assumption of office on September 26, 2007 and on June 29,
2011 and you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of the CCB
& T Act, and punishable under section 23 (2) of the CCB & T Act.
“That you Godsday Peter Orubebe while being a Minister of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on or
about September 19, 2012 asked for and accepted the sum of fifty
million naira from one Pastor (Dr) Jonathan Alota, as bribe for the
contract awarded in favour of his company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10 of the CCB
& T Act, and punishable under Section 23 (2) of CCB & T Act.
“That you Godsday Orubebe, while being a Minister of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on
or about 2013 asked for and accepted the sum of twenty million naira
from one Pastor (Dr.) Jonathan Alota as additional bribe for the
contract awarded in favour of his company Chemtronics Nigeria Limited
for the construction of skill acquisition Centre at Edo State for the
sum of one billion seven hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred
and fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty naira eighty eight kobo
only (₦ 1,799,914,251.88K) and you thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 10 of CCB & T Act”.
However, the prosecution, on March 8 this year, announced an amendment
to the charge, reducing the counts to one.
He pleaded not guilty to the amended charge of false asset declaration
on March 8 when he was re-arraigned.
In the one-count amended charge, the Federal Government alleged that
the former Minister failed to declare his ownership of Plot 2057,
situated at Asokoro District in Abuja.
He was said to have committed an offence contrary to Section 15 of
Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Cap. 15 laws of the
Federation of Nigeria, 2014, and punishable under Section 23(2) of the
same Act.
While testifying as the second defence witness, Orubebe
explained that he failed to declare the plot of land in 2011 because
he had sold it to his landlord before he made the last asset
declaration while leaving office.
Led in evidence by his lawyer, Selekowei Larry (SAN), Orubebe, who
said he sold the barren plot of land at N10m, explained that he
also did not declare it when he assumed office in 2007 because it was
not allocated to him then.
He said the land was allocated to him by the Federal Government, as a
Minister, through the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister.
He said he never visited the plot of land because it was in an
undeveloped part of Abuja, and that he sold it to pay his rents, at N5m
per annum, for two years (2009-2010 & 2010-2011).
He expressed regret that he was subjected to trial over an “empty plot
of land in a bush,” which he said, was allocated to him by the
government in which he served.
No matter the way the judgment turns out today, it will remain a
memorable event in the life of the professed Elder in a church.

Author: News Editor

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