BREAKING: Supreme Court Gives Verdict on FG vs Orubebe

BREAKING: Supreme Court Gives Verdict on FG vs Orubebe

  • The Supreme Court has dismissed the federal government's appeal challenging the reversal of the conviction of Godsday Orunbebe
  • Orubebe, a former minister of the Niger Delta, was arraigned over failure to list his properties in the asset declaration forms he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau during his time as minister
  • However, the apex court held that the federal government's appeal lacked competency because it failed to obtain the prior leave of the court before the appeal

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FCT, Abuja - 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.

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In a judgment on Friday, a five-member panel of the apex court held that the appeal by the federal government was incompetent.

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Supreme Court dismisses FG's suit against Orubebe Photo Credit: Omokehinde
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In the lead judgment prepared by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba but read on Friday by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the court found 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 Punch reported.

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

The federal government's appeal, marked SC/680/2017, was against the June 14, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which 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.

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

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

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