Court Grants Orubebe N10 Million Bail

Former Niger Delta Minister, Godsday-Orubebe

The Abuja High Court on Wednesday granted former Niger Delta minister, Godsday Orubebe, a N10 million bail, which is half of the amount placed on his co-accused, for allegedly diverting N2.3 billion.

Oludare Alaba and Ephraim Zeri were granted bail in the sum of N20 million each.

According to the bail conditions, Orubebe is expected to provide a surety in like sum, who must also provide evidence of tax payment in the last three years and own a land property in the Federal Capital Territory.

For the other accused, they were ordered to provide a surety each in like sum, who must be an assistant director in the civil service and also own a land in the FCT.

Before adjourning the case to November 10, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi ruled that Orubebe would remain in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, until he meets the bail conditions.



    The case against the former minister, a six-count corruption charge for diverting money meant for the payment of compensation of people affected by the dualisation of Section IV of the East-West Road, suffered two postponement before now.

    The case was first postponed on August 18 when the prosecution sought permission to serve the accused with the charge. The judge then adjourned the case to August 30.

    But when the case was called on that day, the former minister was absent due to illness, leading to the adjournment to September 7.

    Also charged alongside the three is Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Limited, the company that owns the account into which the money meant for beneficiaries was paid.

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