Absence of Bayelsa speaker, 4 others stall arraignment

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

However, a serving Clerk of the assembly Owudogu Edward and serving accountant of the assembly Koroye Stephen were present in the court.

The former Clerk of the Assembly, Aaron Timiye and former accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo, facing similar charges were also absent.

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

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

The offence, which bordered on gross misconduct and abuse of office, 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. (NAN)

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