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Supreme Court Dismisses FG’s Appeal Of Orubebe’s Acquittal On Code Of Conduct Breach

In a judgment, a five-member panel of the apex court held that the appeal by the Federal Government was incompetent.


Orubebe, CCT, Code of Conduct Tribunal
A file photo of Mr Godsday Orubebe.

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Federal Government against the reversal of the conviction of former Niger-Delta Minister, Godsday Orubebe, on allegation of breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

In a judgment, a five-member panel of the apex court held that the appeal by the Federal Government was incompetent.

In the lead judgment prepared by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, but read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the court held that the appellant failed to obtain the prior leave of the court before filing the appeal, which was based on grounds of mixed law and facts.

The court held that since the prior leave of court was not obtained as required, the appeal was incompetent and proceeded to dismiss it.

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The Federal Government’s appeal was against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja which had set aside Orubebe’s conviction on October 4, 2016, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for breach of Code of Conduct for public officers.

The Federal Government had, in a single-count charge, accused of failing to declare a property at Plot 2057, Asokoro District, Abuja, in any of the asset declaration forms that he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) while serving as a minister.

Orubebe denied the allegation, claiming to have sold the property before becoming a minister and therefore found no need to declare it.