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Court summons former FCT Minister

14 November 2013, 16:20

Abuja - Thirteen years after he was dragged to court by the Federal Government, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jeremiah Useni, is to appear in court to answer charges against him.

In a ruling on Wednesday, the Code of Conduct Tribunal ordered the former minister to appear before it on November 27, reports Channel Television.

Justice Ibrahim Umar, chairman of the tribunal, dismissed claims by Useni’s counsel that the reason why the former minister was not attending court proceedings is because he is sick.

 While acknowledging that Useni is sick, Umar insisted that he must be brought before the court to answer charges against him.

Umar indicated it was a mystery why Useni, who could attend to his health needs both within and outside the country, could not come and defend himself in court.

The government had brought five charges against Useni in 2000.

He was accused of acquiring properties and issuing rights of occupancy on lands to his cronies.

He was also accused of not declaring his assets on assumption of office and at the end of his tenure.

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