– President Buhari sacked the Obono Obla led presidential panel for the recovery of public property
– The President looks forward to receiving the final ICPC report on the ongoing investigations
– Obla is facing probe over allegations of certificate forgery and other corruption-related charges.
President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) chaired by Okoi Obono-Obla.
The President ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately take over all outstanding investigations and other activities of the SPIP.
The panel was established in August 2017 by the then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to investigate specifically mandated cases of corruption, abuse of office and similar offences by public officers.
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According to the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adeshina said: “The President looks forward to receiving the final Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) report on the ongoing investigations of the dissolved panel’s Chairman.”
Mr Buhari had on August 14 approved the suspension of Mr Obono-Obla from office.
Mr Obono-Obla’s suspension letter, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, directed the embattled official to step down and then proceed to answer questions from the ICPC.
He is facing probe over allegations of certificate forgery and other corruption-related charges.