Orubebe Charged with Accepting N70m Bribe, False Assets Declaration

The Federal Government has filed charges against a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Peter Orubebe for alleged false declaration of assets and acceptance of about N70 million bribe.

 

The four-count charge filed on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) by Peter Danladi of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on October 8 this year is currently pending before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

 

Already, the CCT has fixed November 9 for Orbube's arraignment.

The former minister is charged in counts one and two with failing to declare his ownership of two properties in Abuja.

 

CCT's Head of Press and Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-hassan, confirmed that a charge was pending against Orubebe before the tribunal and that the ex-minister was served with the charges on October 29.

He said the tribunal had scheduled Orubebe's arraignment for November 9.

 

In counts three and four, he was alleged to have received N70million in bribe from one Pastor (Dr) Jonathan Alota, whose company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited, the ministry awarded contracts.

 

Count one 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.

 

Count two: "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 and T Act.

 

Count three: "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.

 

Count four: "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."

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