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Tribunal defers former Minister Orubebe's bribery trial

29 January 2016, 21:30

Abuja - The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the hearing into a case against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Peter Orubebe, to March 8 for hearing.

Chairman of the tribunal, Umar ruled that having considered the fact that the intendment of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, was to fast track speedy dispensation of trial as argued by the defence counsel and equally considering the prayers from the prosecution.

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The matter was thereby adjourned to enable the new counsel to study the case file.

At the resumption of today’s hearing, the prosecution on Friday, Senior State Counsel, Ejike Augustine Orji, said prosecution of the case was on Thursday transferred from Code of Conduct Bureau to the Office of Director for Public Prosecution.

This, he said, was only drawn to his attention on Friday morning, hence he therefore urged the court to grant him adjournment to a date between 3-4 weeks subject to the convenience of the tribunal.

The defence counsel, led by Selekowei Larry, objected arguing the prosecution team was stalling hearing since the beginning of the matter.

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

- CAJ News

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