The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has said the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, and four other serving and former staff of the assembly will be arraigned in court on May 22.
The tribunal’s Head, Press & Public Relations, Mr Ibraheem Al-Hassan, who disclosed this in a statement Tuesday in Abuja, said their alleged offences bordered on gross misconduct and abuse of office. .
Those to be charged alongside the speaker are former Clerk of assembly, Aaron Timiye and former Accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo.
Others are Owudogu Edward serving Clerk, of the assembly and Koroye Stephen, serving accountant of the assembly.
“Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal Justice Danladi Y. Umar, has approved May 22 for the commencement of trial against serving Speaker and four others.
“The offences are alleged abused of office against Benson, the Speaker Bayelsa state House of Assembly.
“This was contained in a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau, addressed to Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal to commence trial, dated April 30, jointly signed by the operatives of Code of Conduct Bureau: Musa Usman and Fatima Ahmed’’, he said.
The charge was brought to the tribunal pursuant to Section 24 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
According to the charge, the alleged actions of the defendants are contrary to paragraph 9 of the fifth schedule, part 1 of the 1999.
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. (NAN)