Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Assets declaration: Appeal Court discharge and acquits Orubebe

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday acquitted former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe of a conviction against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The CCT had convicted Orubebe for failure to declare his property at Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja while he was minister.

The Danaladi Umar-led tribunal in its judgment, ordered that the property which the former minister failed to declare be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The Court of Appeal held in its judgment on Wednesday that it was wrong for the CCT to have convicted Orubebe when he had sold the property he was accused of not declaring.

He said the unregistered instrument of transfer of the property was admissible in proof of the payment of purchase price by Divention Properties Ltd which acquired the property.

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