Monday, 9 November 2015

Fraud Trial of Godsday Orubebe Takes a Dramatic Turn

The fraud trial of Godsday Orubebe has taken a dramatic turn after the prosecution failed to produce a witness against the former minister of Niger Delta affairs. 

Mr. Orubebe is facing a four-count charge of false asset declaration.

On Monday, after he pleaded not guilty to all the charges, the counsel to the prosecution, Ibrahim Usman, requested for an adjournment since his witnesses were not in court.

The defence counsel, Selekeowe Larry, asked the tribunal to demand a statement of necessary evidences, according to rule 5 subsection 1, of the rules of the tribunal.

Tribunal judge, Umar Danladi, frowned at the development and said the matter yearning for determination at the court was not for the prosecution counsel to state the evidence but for them to produce the said witnesses to do so.

He also denied the request to have Orubebe released on bail, saying he is expected to always appear before the court.

He also adjourned the matter till 26 November for a definite hearing.

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