Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 November 2012

Nigeria: Reps to Investigate Corruption Allegation Against Orubebe

The House of Representatives is set to investigate allegations of corruption against the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe.

The resolution by the House to wade into the corruption allegations leveled against Orubebe, followed a motion on the matter moved by Mr. Kehinde Olusegun. He told the House to carry out enquiries into the allegations and to ensure that the matter was not swept under the carpet.

According to Mr. Olusegun, Mr Orubebe had failed to declare a house purportedly built for him by an Abuja based Construction Company in the Mabushi area of the Federal Capital Territory.

"A case has been made against the minister as it relates to a house built for him by Setraco Construction Company at Mabushi district here in Abuja. It has been found that he failed to declare the house in his asset declaration form with the Code of Conduct Bureau."

The House subsequently mandated its committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to investigate the matter and make appropriate recommendations to the House within 21 days.

The House further directed the ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and the Accountant General of the federation to suspend all payments into the ministry over what he described as bogus contracts, except the East West road projects until the completion of investigation to verify the authenticity of certificates pending for payment.

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