Orubebe asks court to set aside CCT judgment
Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, has asked the Court of Appeal to set aside the recent judgment delivered by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The CCT had last week ruled against Orubebe in the suit brought against him by the Federal Government over false assets’ declaration.
In the judgment, the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, ordered the forfeiture of Orubebe’s property at Plot 2057 Asokoro District in Abuja.
In the notice of appeal filed by his lawyer, Mr. Selekeowei Larry (SAN), the former minister raised three grounds of appeal.
He argued that the tribunal misdirected itself in reaching its decision that was not supported by evidence led by the prosecution; that the tribunal erred in law when it held that the prosecution proved its case and ordered the forfeiture of the property in issue, Plot 2057 Asokoro District, to the Federal Government, without any proof of the offence, thereby occasioning gross miscarriage of justice and that Plot 2057 was not acquired corruptly nor even purchased by him, but was a gift to him by the Federal Government.
“It is a piece of empty land in the bush,” he argued.