The former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, will be arraigned before a Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on November 9th for false declaration of assets and taking a N70 million bribe.
Mr. Orubebe gained international attention during Nigeria’s presidential elections when he interrupted the collation of votes in Abuja by the Independent National Election Commission. As he disrupted the collation proceedings, he delivered an unsolicited tirade against INEC and its chairman Attahiru Jega.
He is now facing four counts of false declaration of assets, the solicitation of a bribe, and the acceptance of a bribe. The charges allege that on two separate occasions Mr. Orubebe provided fabricated records of his financial assets to the authorities, despite being legally required to provide an accurate declaration of assets.
In addition, he is charged with the solicitation of a bribe from a Dr. Jonathan Alota as repayment for the awarding of a contract to Dr. Alota’s company Chemtronics Nigeria. Mr. Orubebe then allegedly accepted a payment of N20 million from Dr. Alota.
The CCT served a summons to Mr. Orubebe on October 29, and scheduled his arraignment for November, 9th.