Orubebe gets N10m bail

Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe PHOTO: LADIDI LUCY ELUKPO

Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe PHOTO: LADIDI LUCY ELUKPO

An Abuja High Court yesterday granted bail to former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godsday Orubebe, in the sum of N10 million for allegedly diverting N2.3 billion.The court also granted bail in the sum of N20 million, each to Oludare Alaba and Ephraim Zeri, Directors of Contract in the ministry.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) had arraigned Orubebe, Alaba and Zeri on a six-count charge. The judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, in his ruling, ordered Orubebe to produce one surety in like sum.Adeniyi said that Orubebe’s surety must be a responsible Nigerian with evidence of three years tax payment and land owner within the FCT.

He said Alaba and Zeri should produce one surety each in like sum, who must be assistant directors in the civil service and a land owner within the court’s jurisdiction. The judge ordered that the sureties must depose to an affidavit of means.

Adeniyi said that Orubebe should remain in the custody of ICPC until his bail conditions were met and adjourned the case till Nov. 10 for hearing.The defendants alleged diverted about N2.3 billion meant for the dualisation of Section IV of the East-West Road.

Orubebe allegedly circumvented a Federal Executive Council approval for the dualisation of the Eket-Oron Road, part of the East-West Road, which runs from Edo to Bayelsa.

He was alleged to have instructed the contractor, Gitto Construction to rehabilitate, instead of dualising, as approved by the Federal Executive Council.Orubebe and others were also charged with conferring undue advantage on the construction firm when they caused the money meant for compensating residents whose property were marked for demolition paid to Gitto. Orubebe was also accused of making false statements to the ICPC claiming that the decision to rehabilitate the road rather than dualise it was taken after he had left office as the minister.



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