On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC, announced that it had arraigned Elder Godsday Orubebe, a former minister of Niger Delta Affairs before a Federal Capital Territory High Court over an alleged N1.97 billion fraud.
The anti-graft commission have accused Orubebe for ostensibly rerouting votes that were meant for the benefit of owners of properties on Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State.
Orubebe is being charged on six counts before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi.
The former minister of Niger Delta affairs who has failed to appear in court on two earlier occasions, is standing trials alongside an assistant director in the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Oludare Davis Alaba, and Mr. Ephraim Towede Zari, the director of contracts, Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nig. Ltd.
According to the statement issued by Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, the spokesperson of ICPC, who quoted the counsel to ICPC, Mr. Ekoi Akpos, saying that the offences broke 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.