The trial of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has been adjourned to June 30, for the delivery of verdict on charges of alleged false asset declaration.
Orubebe is facing a one-count charge of alleged false declaration of asset and corruption preferred against him by the Federal Government.
At the Tribunal’s proceeding on Thursday, Orubebe testified as the second defence witness, denying the charge that he failed to declare the property at Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja, in his asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau as a minister between 2007 and 2011.
He said: “In September 26, 2007, I never had a property named Plot 2057 Asokoro District, Abuja. So I could not have declared it upon my assumption of office as a minister.
“On June 29, 2011, when I was temporarily dis-engaged from the Federal Executive Council, when it was dissolved before I was re-appointed, I never also had Plot 2057 Asokoro District. So I could not have declared it as mine because it was no longer my property.”
Orubebe’s first witness, Akinwunmi Ajibola, a legal practitioner and a real estate agent, gave evidence also before the CCT.
Ajibola, told the court that Orubebe sold Plot 2057 Asokoro District, Abuja, which the Federal Government insisted was not declared by the defendant, to his company.
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He said the plot was allocated to the defendant by the government in 2007 as part of his ministerial entitlements.
Meanwhile, the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal has fixed June 30 for judgment.