On Tuesday the Code of Conduct Tribunal convicted a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, because he faild to declare his property at Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja, in any of his asset declaration forms he completed as minister.
Part of the punishment is that, the Danladi Umar-led tribunal in its judgment ordered that the property which the former minister failed to declare be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Umar reads the CCT judgement:
“The tribunal has been satisfied with the prosecution that up till now it is the name of the accused person that is with the Federal Capital Territory Land Registry as the owner of the property and not DW1/Divention Properties Limited.
“The tribunal hereby adjudges the accused person (Orubebe) guilty as charged and on that premise hands down the following punishment in accordance with section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau/Tribunal Act as incorporated under the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended:
“The property known as Plot 2057 which belongs to the defendant is hereby seized and forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”