Reps to investigate alleged corruption, abuse of office against Orubebe

Godsday Orubebe

Orubebe has been accused of fraudulently acquiring some properties and refusing to declare them as required by law.


The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated the Joint Committee on Niger Delta and Anti-corruption to investigate alleged corruption and abuse of office leveled against Godsday Orubebe, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

The allegations against Mr. Orubebe were made by an Anti- corruption Network.

The committee is expected to report back to the House within 21 days.

The NGO had at a news conference, alleged corruption and abuse of office against Mr. Orubebe.

The resolution emanated from a motion moved by Segun Odeneye ( ACN- Ogun)  which was unanimously adopted without debate.

Mr. Odeneye said that the motion was brought against the back drop of mounting disclosures of alleged corrupt practices against a” sitting minister by some Anti-Corruption outfits in the country.

He urged members to support the motion, saying that the alleged corruption was too weighty to be overlooked.

Mr. Orubebe has paid for so many “phantom projects” and is  at present living in a house at Mabushi District of Abuja, built by SETRACO, a construction company, the lawmaker said.

Mr. Oduneye added that SETRACO doubled as Mr. Orubebe’s  crony.

He said that findings from the Abuja Geographic and Information System (AGIS) revealed that the house belonged to Mr. Orubebe against his claim that it was a rented apartment.

“He posited that he was a sitting tenant at his Mabushi multi-billion naira home.

“Searches from Abuja Geographic and Information System prove beyond reasonable doubt that the property is not only his but it is in his name,” he said.

He further alleged that the minister’s failure to declare the said house in his asset declaration with the Code of Conduct Bureau, would be  a case of perjury if established.

“These weighty allegations were at first peremptorily rubbished and dismissed by the Honourable Minister as the handiwork of his detractors and some mischief makers who were out for extortion,” he said.

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The lawmaker said that neither the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, nor the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced any investigation on the allegation.

“What is baffling Mr. Speaker, is not allegation of corruption against the Honourable Minister but the fact that neither EFCC nor ICPC has deemed it fit to wade in.

“Mr. Speaker, it is too late for the House to back down on fight against corruption,” Mr. Oduneye said.

The Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the session, advised that the matter should not be debated but referred to the relevant committees of the House for investigation.

“The matter should be referred to the committees on Niger Delta and Anti- corruption for further investigation.

“It is an allegation, so we should not discuss it on national television, it will be prejudicial,” he said.



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