The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, before an Abuja High Court for allegedly diverting close to N2 billion naira meant for the dualisation of Section IV of the East-West Road.
He is to stand trial with Oludare Lawrence Alaba, Ephraim Towelde Zaki and Gitto Construction Limited.
ICPC, in the five-count charge bordering on alleged corruption, diversion of funds and perjury filed against the accuse persons, Orubebe was also accused of circumventing a Federal Executive Council, (FEC) approval for the dualisation of the Eket – Oron Road by allegedly instructing the contractor, Gitto Construction, to rehabilitate it instead.
The road is part of the East-West Road which runs from Edo to Bayelsa states,
Orubebe and the co-accused persons are also charged with conferring undue advantage on the construction firm when they caused the money meant for compensating residents whose properties were marked for demolition paid to Gitto.
Specifically, the sum of N2,320,686,826.00 approved for payment of compensation to owners of properties that were to be demolished to make way for the dualisation of the road was paid to the contractor instead of the beneficiaries.