The Code of Conduct Tribunal has ordered the forfeiture of a property belonging to former minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe.
Orubebe has been standing trial before the tribunal over non-declaration of asset.
The tribunal chairman, Mr Danladi Umar ordered the forfeiture of the property located in Asokoro District of Abuja.
He said Orubebe failed to declare the asset and therefore should be forfeited to the federal government having breached the code of conduct rules for public officers.
Umar who presided over a two man panel in a judgement that lasted for less than one hour ordered the seizure and forfeiture of a landed property belonging to Orubebe.
With the judgement, the federal government is to take over the land from the former minister.
The federal government had dragged Orubebe before the tribunal on a one count charge of non declaration of landed property situated at Plot 2057, Asokoro district.
Orubebe had through his counsel, Larry told the tribunal that the land no longer belonged to him as he had transfered it to one Barrister Akinwumi Ajibola in lieu of his (Orubebe) two years house rent in Mabushi where he stayed as a minister.
Orubebe had further told the tribunal that all the documents as it concerns the land had been transfered to Ajibola, including the Power of Attorney.
However, in his judgement, Mr. Umar held that having analysed the submissions of both parties, it was observed that six years after the transfer had been made, the documents of the land are yet to be registered in Lands registry.
Former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe has said he is not guilty as pronounced by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), chairman, Danladi Umar, adding that he will appeal the judgement to secure the ‘ordinary empty land which he had since sold for the man who bought it.’
Orubebe who maintained that he did not declare the said empty land in Asokoro District, because it was no longer in his possession when he left office said, “It won’t be fair to the innocent man who bought the ordinary empty land from me when I was in distress.”