False Declaration Of Asset: CCT Finds Orubebe Guilty

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, guilty of false declaration of asset.

Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, who delivered the judgment convicted Orubebe of the offence, though giving him a light sentence.

“‎I hereby seize, on behalf of the Federal Government, the property known as plot 2057. The prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, and all evidence tendered are admitted.”

He held that Orubebe committed an offence for not declaring a piece of property in Abuja, which he claimed he had sold.

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It would be recalled that the Federal Government had filed a one-count charge of false declaration of assets against Mr. Godsday Orubebe, claiming  that he committed the offence while he was a public officer.

The former minister is better known for his outburst at the national collation centre of the 2015 presidential election, in an attempt to halt the declaration of results of the election.

The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, had on Friday invited former governors, ministers and top serving public officers currently serving both at the federal, state and local government levels in the present administration to submit themselves for field verification of the assets they had declared.

The CCB Chairman, Sam Saba, in a statement released by the Press and Protocol Unit of the bureau on Thursday, stated that the exercise will involve the concerned public officers appearing physically before the bureau for both conference and field verification of their declared assets.

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The CCB stated that 76 public officers have so far been invited by the bureau for verification. It also warned that failure to honour the invitation is a breach of the provisions of the constitution and could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.