Mr. Larry Selekeowei, SAN, attorney representing Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe over allegation that he falsely declared his assets in 2007 today clashed with the Justice Danladi Umar-led panel of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
According to VANGUARD, the clash followed moves by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. Mohammed Diri, to tender into evidence, the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and the Right of Occupancy (R of O), of Plot No. 2057 Asokoro District Abuja, which Orubebe was said to have failed to declare as his property.
When Selekeowei tried to make his point on why the submission should not be allowed, one of the Judges on the CCT panel, Mr. Agwaza Atedze, interjected and asked the defence lawyer to streamline his argument to specific contents of the document before the tribunal. The remark infuriated Mr. Selekeowei, SAN, who “rudely” reprimanded the Judge for unduly interfering with his submission.
“Why are you interjecting into my submission like this? I am making a point, you have not even allowed me to land! You are interfering with this proceeding and it is wrong! . You are the Judge, you should allow me to make my submission while you rule. Allow me do my work, yours is to be neutral. Why are you doing this?”, Selekeowei bellowed.
All efforts to pacify Orubebe’s lawyer proved abortive as he kept shouting “I am making a submission and someone is interfering and you expect me to keep quite, that cannot happen!”
He however later tendered an apology to the judges when they insisted on getting one.