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Why FG withdrew case against Orubebe

21 March 2016, 20:01

Abuja - Facts are now emerging on why the Federal Government last week withdrew the charges against Godson Orubebe, a former minister in charge of the Ministry of Niger Delta in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan who was arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on allegations of false declaration of assets.

The decision to withdraw the charges was based on a legal advice from the Federal Ministry of Justice in which it was strongly canvassed that the case against Orubebe as presently constructed and filed was fundamentally defective.

Also read: Ex-minister Orubebe let off the hook

The legal advice from the Ministry of Justice was to the effect that since Orubebe was not invited to make a statement on the allegations against him, the process of arraignment was fundamentally flawed.

The Federal Government withdrew the N70million bribery charge it levelled against the erstwhile Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

At the resumed proceeding on the matter, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mohammed Diri, secured leave of the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal to withdraw the four-count corruption charge the government entered against Orubebe on October 8, 2015.

Orubebe was on November 9 last year arraigned at the CCT for alleged false declaration and accepting a N70 million bribe

Source: Vanguard

- News 24


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