N1.9B CONTRACT: Court Shifts Orubebe’s Trial Due To Domestic Accident

Former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe
The case instituted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission against former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, has been rescheduled following a domestic accident involving the former minister. 

Orubebe Orubebe is reported to have been injured on the leg in his Ministers Quarters apartment, thereby forcing the trial judge to move the case to next week, according documents sighted last night [Aug 30] by Vanguard correspondent. The government, through the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), filed the charges against the former minister at a federal capital territory (FCT) high court, Abuja. 

Orubebe is to be arraigned alongside Oludare Lawrence Alaba, Ephraim Towelde Zaki and Gitto Construction Limited on a five-count charge of corruption, perjury, and diversion of about N2bn meant for the dualisation of Section IV of the East-West Road. 

Orubebe told Vanguard last night that he was unduly being persecuted since he knew nothing about the said payment, which the ICPC investigated and found nothing incriminating against him about a year ago. “My hands are clean and I did not do anything wrong throughout my tenure as Minister of Niger Delta. I want Nigerians to know that I am being unjustly persecuted and that what they are doing to me is unfair,” Orubebe said.

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