ICPC Withdraws Charges Against Orubebe, Others

A six count charge, which bordered on alleged N1.97bn, against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, was Tuesday withdrawn.
The matter which was before a Federal High Court, Apo, Abuja, was thus struck out and thus Orubebe discharged and acquitted.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had filed the six count charge against Orubebe over alleged N1.97bn fraud
The prosecution had alleged in the six counts that the defendants, including Orubebe, diverted funds meant for the compensation of owners of properties on Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi struck out the case and discharged Orubebe and other defendants after the ICPC the agency which filed the case withdrew it.
Orubebe was charged along with others including an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Oludare Davis Alaba.
Other defendants were the Director of Contracts, Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nig. Ltd., Ephraim Towede Zari.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, instead of calling its first witness, the ICPC, through its prosecuting counsel, Ekoi Akpos, applied to withdraw the case.
Akpos informed the Judge that the commission decided to terminate the case following an understanding from all the parties that the road construction project would proceed as originally planned with compensation paid to those whose properties were damaged.
He hinged his application to withdraw the case on sections 492(3) and 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
The Judge consequently struck out the charges.

Author: News Editor

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