……..forfeits Asokoro property.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja has pronounced former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, guilty of non-declaration of asset.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, on Tuesday announced a forfeiture of the property, located in a choice area of Abuja, Asokoro.
The CCT Judge explained that the testimonies and document presented by the prosecution prove that the former minister is guilty as charged.
Justice Umar stated that while the minister claimed that the property was on rent from the federal government, the rejection of the claim by his former landlord to allow him to exercise his right over the property rendered the power of attorney useless.
The former Minister had pleaded ‘not guilty’ for two count charges of false declaration of assets and another two counts of bribery when arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Godsday Orubebe was charged by the Code of Conduct Bureau for alleged failure to declare landed property in Kyamu and Asokoro district, both in Abuja, on assumption of office as minister on September 26, 2007.
The former Minister had also being accused of allegedly accepting bribes totalling N70 million for the award of contracts in favour of his company.