Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe, has denied charges against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja, that he did not demand and collect bribe of N70 million from a contractor handling a skill acquisition project for the ministry when he was minister and does own the plots of lands in Asokoro and Kyame, as alleged.
“I cannot lay claim to plots of land I had since donated to other people and moved on in life”, he said.
“I have an image and integrity to keep and none of the people who know me can say that I have ever collected a bribe from anyone,” the former minister insisted.
The charge against him which is dated October 8, was signed by a senior legal officer at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr. Peter Danladi.
FG alleged that the former minister pocketed a bribe of N70m that was given to him by one Pastor (Dr.) Jonathan Alota, the owner of a company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited, that benefited from contracts that were awarded by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, whilst Orubebe was in office.
He was also accused of falsely declaring his assets in 2011, offence under section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15, FG, received bribe of N50m in 2012 and another N20m in 2013, an offence contrary to section 10 of the CCB & Tribunal Act, 2004, and punishable under Section 23 (2) of the same law.
He is to appear before the CCT on November 9.