The trial of the former Minister of Niger Delta, Mr Godsday Orubebe, over alleged false declaration of assets, has been stalled as the Code of Conduct Tribunal granted the Federal Government two months to amend the charges brought against him.
Chairman of the tribunal, Mr Danladi Yakubu Umar, granted the adjournment despite the accused person’s insistence that he was ready for the trial to go ahead.
The oral application by the lawyer to the Federal Government, Mr Peter Danladu, to alter the charge was, however, opposed by counsel to Orubebe, Mr Selekeowei Larry, who told the tribunal chairman that it was improper for such an application to be treated orally.
Mr Orubebe’s counsel told the tribunal that it was wrong in law for the tribunal and the accused to be taken unawares by the federal government, adding that the alteration to the charge has to be made in writing for all parties to see.
The Tribunal Chairman, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the trial to January 27, 2016.