The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the federal government against the reversal of the conviction of former Niger-Delta minister, Godsday Orubebe on allegation of breach of code of conduct for pubic officers.

In the lead judgment by justice Mohammed Lawal, the court found that the appellant failed to obtain the prior leave of court before filing the appeal, which was based on grounds of mixed law and facts.

The court held that since the prior leave of court was not obtained as required, the appeal was incompetent and proceeded to dismiss it.

The government had accused Orubebe of failing to declare a property at plot 2057, Asokoro district, Abuja, in any of the asset declaration forms submitted to the code of conduct bureau (CCB) while serving as a minister.

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