The trial of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, was stalled on Thursday, due to the absence of Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Umar Danladi.
This was conveyed by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the tribunal, Mr. Ibraheem Alhassan, who said that the judge`s absence followed the death of his aunty on Monday.
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However, he stated that the tribunal chairman, before traveling on Thursday, fixed April 20, as the new date for continuation of trial.
Orubebe was arraigned by the Federal Government on one-count of false asset declaration, which he pleaded not guilty.
At the last sitting, the first prosecution witness, Samuel Madojemu, led in evidence by Mr. Mohammed Diri, said Orubebe did not declare Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja, as minister between 2007 and 2011.
The witness said, he coordinates the Code of Conduct Bureau’s intelligence on observed breaches of the code and asset tracing investigation.
He said between 2007 and 2011 Orubebe served as minister, he submitted five assets declaration forms to the bureau.
“My Lord, he submitted the five forms to the CCB first as Minister of Special Duties under the administration of the late President Umar Yar’adua.
“And later as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs up till 2011 under the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration,” he said.