Alleged N2.3bn Fraud: Again, Orubebe’s Absence Stalls Arraignment

For the second time in about two weeks, the planned arraignment of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe has been stalled due to his absence in court.Orubebe was charged before the court for alleged involvement in the diversion of about N2.3 billion public funds.Orubebe, Oludare Lawrence Alaba (an Assistant Director, Ministry of Niger Delta Affiars), Ephraim Tewolde Zeri (Director of Contracts in Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Limited and the company are named in the six-count charge marked: CR/265/2016, filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). (adsbygoogle=window.adsbygoogle||[]).push({});According to the charge, they are accused of diverting the N2.3billion meant for the compensation of property owners to be affected by the Federal Government’s dualisation project of Section IV of the East West Road involving ex-Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godsday Orubebe and three others.Orubebe was supposed to be arraigned on August 18, 2016 but due to the non-service of the charge on him the arraignment was further shifted to August 30.But Orubebe told our correspondent last night that he was unduly being persecuted since he knew