Orubebe In Fresh Trouble, Accused Of Diverting N1.9bn Meant For Compensation


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Godsday Peter Orubebe Handling of East -West road
lands ex-Minister in trouble The Independent Corrupt
Practices and other Related
Offences Commission (ICPC) has
filed new charges against former
Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday
Orubebe, before an Abuja High Court, alleging that he diverted
close to N2 billion naira meant
for the dualisation of Section IV
of the East-West Road.
He is charged alongside Oludare
Lawrence Alaba, Ephraim Towelde Zaki and Gitto
Construction Limited on a five-
count charge bordering on
alleged corruption, diversion of
funds and perjury.
He was accused of circumventing a Federal
Executive Council, (FEC) approval
for the dualisation of the Eket –
Oron Road, part of the East-West
Road which runs from Edo to
Bayelsa states, by allegedly instructing the contractor, Gitto
Construction, to rehabilitate it
instead.
Orubebe and the co-
accused persons are also
charged with conferring undue advantage on the construction
firm when they caused the
money meant for compensating
residents whose properties were
marked for demolition paid to
Gitto. Court papers stated that the sum
of N2,320,686,826.00 approved
for payment of compensation to
owners of properties that were
to be demolished to make way
for the dualisation of the road was paid to the contractor
instead of the beneficiaries.
Further details later...