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Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014

Poor Performance: Orubebe Escapes Lynching as Angry Ijaw Youths Bombard him with Stones

Minister of the the Ministry of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe

LAGOS JANUARY 7TH (URHOBOTODAY)-That Niger Delta Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe may have to do more thanksgivings in the coming weeks as he escaped being killed by a team of angry youths from his community. The minister had gone to Ojobo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta to commission the house of one of his domestic aides, Mr Victor Zuokumor in his driven 19 speed boat passport wgen he was attacked by the angry youths.
The youths immediately set to pounce on him when the commissioning was completed, as he made move to leave the venue. The youths who charge at him stated that he had not performed well in the discharge of his duties as well as the slow pace of work carried out by him. They also expressed displeasure over his inability to empower them.
As he zoomed off in his speed boat, the youths threw stones after him.
Elombah.com recalls that Mr. Orubebe’s tenure as Nigeria’s Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has been marked by controversy, with numerous groups and persons from the Niger Delta accusing him of embezzling funds that should have gone to infrastructural development in the Niger Delta.
His closeness to President Jonathan as well as his declared interest in becoming the next governor of Delta State have provoked his political foes to expose what one of them called “his rise from rags to riches at the expense of the Niger Delta people.”
Last year a group of Niger Delta activists demanded that the Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency investigate Mr. Orubebe.
The group petition to the EFCC on June, 3 2013. Titled “A Petition On Persistent Corrupt Practices, Flagrant And Continued Disobedience of Laws of The Land By Godsday Peter Orubebe, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,” the document was signed by Godwin Ogbetuo, Brown Adasen, Cairo Ojougboh, Hope Erute and more than twenty others, including several retired military officers.
The petitioners accused the Minister of various acts of corruption, including inflation of contracts.
The petitioners asserted that Mr. Orubebe spent N1.2 billion “on a worthless canalization project which connects to nowhere.” He reportedly also spent “more than N3 billion on building a concrete foreshore wall in his village, using contractors who are fronting for him, with a view of appropriating the money to himself.”
Source: Elombah

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