The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found Godsday Orubebe guilty of false asset declaration charge preferred against him by the Federal Government, Tuesday.
The punishment for not declaring the said property, plot 2057,
situated at Asokoro District in Abuja, is forfeiture to the Federal Government, the Tribunal said.
Delivering judgment, in the case marked CCT/ABJ/02/15, which was read by the Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, noted that Orubebe was guilty as charged.
Umar said: “Having evaluated the evidence of the prosecution before the Tribunal, it found the accused guilty of not declaring the said plot of land, 2057 in Asokoro, Abuja, as brought against him by the Federal Government.”
Umar said the Federal Government proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and the Tribunal has no option than to accept the evidence and documents tendered by the prosecution.
“The Tribunal aligned itself with the testimony of Prosecution witnesses.
“And the consequences of none compliance with the relevant Section of the provision of asset declaration is forfeiture of the property.
“I hereby seize, on behalf of the Federal Government, the property known as plot 2057,” he ruled.
“The prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, and all evidence tendered are admitted”, he said.
He held that Orubebe committed an offence for not declaring a piece of property in Abuja, which he claimed he had sold for N100m.
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
Speaking with journalists at the end of the proceedings, Orubebe’s lawyer, described the judgment as a travesty of justice.
“This is beyond travesty of justice. I can say that this is a case of whether you like it or not, I must convict you.
“That’s what played out today. Thank goodness, this is not where it ends. The Court of Appeal is there, so we will definitely appeal against it.
“How can you say a third party will suffer for what he had already sold”, he said.
Orubebe on his part said if it was “the land they wanted they should go with it”