The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja for allegedly diverting N1.97 billion meant for the compensation of owners of properties on Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
According to the spokesperson of ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, Orubebe, who had failed to appear in court on two previous occasions, is facing a six-count charge before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, alongside an Assistant Director with the Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs, Mr. Oludare Davis Alaba, and the Director of Contracts, Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nig. Ltd. ,Mr. Ephraim Towede Zari.
Counsel to ICPC, Ekoi Akpos, said before the court that their offences contravened Sections 25 (i), (b); 19, 22(5); of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and Sections 96, 312 and 323 of the Penal Code laws of FCT 2006.
Part of the charge reads, “Diverting the sum of N1, 965,576,153.46 out of the sum of N2, 320,686,826.00 initially released by the Federal Government meant for the compensation of owners of properties on Eket Urban section of the East-West Road.