The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday said it has arraigned a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, in Maitama District, Abuja, over
alleged N1.97billlion fraud.
The commission accused Orubebe of allegedly diverting the votes meant for the compensation of owners of properties on Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Orubebe, who had failed to appear in court on two previous occasions, is facing a six-count charge before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi.
He is standing trial alongside an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs, Mr. Oludare Davis Alaba, and the Director of Contracts, Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nig. Ltd., Mr. Ephraim Towede Zari.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, quoted counsel to ICPC, Mr. Ekoi Akpos, as saying that the offences contravened 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.