ASSETS DECLARATION: Court forfeits Orubebe’s land to FG

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ASSETS DECLARATION: Court forfeits Orubebe’s land to FG

A former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, is to forfeit a plot of land in Abuja to the Federal Government for false declaration of assets while he was in office.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal ordered the forfeiture of plot 2057 in Asokoro district of Abuja, after finding him guilty of not mentioning the asset in the assets declaration form he filled in 2007.

Justice Danladi Umar held in the judgement that, having analysed the submissions of parties, it was observed that six years after the transfer had been made, the documents of the land are yet to be registered in lands registry‎ and added that the prosecution had established its case against the former minister  beyond reasonable doubt.

He further held that the defendant is under obligation to register the land in the land registry in Abuja, adding that, “Failure to register the document at the land registry render the transfer null. In the circumstance, the defendant is still the owner of the said Plot 2057, Asokoro District, and not Barrister Akinwumi Ajibola who testified as the Defense Witness 1.
“Based on the provision of Section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Plot 2057, Asokoro District Abuja, belonging to the defendant is hereby consfiticated and forfeited to the Federal Government,”
Umar held.

Orubebe in his defence had said the land which was allocated to him in 2007, as part of his ministerial entitlements was sold to enable him pay for his Abuja home.

His counsel, Larry Selekowi, disagreed with the verdict.

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