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CCT: Absence of Bayelsa Speaker, 4 others stalls arraignment

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The absence of the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday in Abuja, stalled his arraignment on alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office charge.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Owudogu Edward, a serving Clerk, of the assembly and Koroye Stephen, serving accountant of the assembly were present in the court.

NAN also reports that former Clerk of assembly, Aaron Timiye and former Accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo, facing similar charges were also absent.

Mr Danladi Umar, Chairman of the tribunal adjourned the matter until June 18 for the definite arraignment of the suspects.

The tribunal on May 14, fixed May 22 for arraignment of the suspects.

The offence bordered on gross misconduct and abuse of office.

The offences are punishable under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the same constitution, and Sections 13 and 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C15 LFN 2004.

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