CCT Convicts Orubebe for false asset declaration

Chidi Samuel

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) under the chairmanship of Justice Dalandi Umar today returned a guilty verdict on Chief  Godsday Orubebe, former minister of Niger Delta affairs for false declaration of asset. The federal government had filed a one count charge against the former minister of false asset declartion.

Justice Dalandi Umar did however let him off the hook lightly.However,

He declared, “‎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.

Reacting to the judgement, Counsel to chief Orubebe, Larry Izimoje‎, Orubebe’s, 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,” he said.

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“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.”

Chief Orubebe is widely remembered for his notorious attempt to disrupt the collation of the presidential election results in Abuja in 2015.