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Former Minister, Orubebe Charged For Bribery, False Assets Declaration

Godsday Orubebe,  People's Democratic Party agent, displays what he claims was the final result from the opposition party as he  disrupts the announcing of election results  accusing the Commission chairman Attahiru Jega, of beimg bias  in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation’s turbulent history. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Godsday Orubebe, (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

The code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, on Friday filed charges against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, for false declaration of assets and acceptance of a N70 million bribe.

The head of Press and Public Relations of the Code of Conduct a Tribunal, CCT, Ibraheem Al-hassan, who confirmed that a charge is pending against Orubebe before the tribunal, said summons were served on the former minister on October 29.

The four-count charge was filed by Peter Danladi of the CCB on October 8 for the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

Orubebe who is accused, in counts one and two, of failing to declare his ownership of two properties in Abuja, will be arraigned before the CCT on November 9.

In counts three and four, the ex-minister allegedly accepted a N70 million in bribe from one Pastor Jonathan Alota, whose company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited, had been awarded contracts by the ministry.

Count one of the charges alleged that Orubebe “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.”

Count two also accused the former minister of “failing to declare Plot 2059 Asokoro district, Abuja on assumption of office on September 26, 2007”, while the court three is for asking for and accepting the sum of N50 million bribe for a contract awarded to  Chemtronics Nigeria Limited.

Count four accused him of asking for and accepting another bribe of N20 million from Alota as additional bribe for the contract to Chemtronics Nigeria Limited for the construction of the Skill Acquisition Centre in Edo State.

The contract was for one billion seven hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty naira eighty eight kobo only.

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