President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, and ordered him to submit himself to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
Obono-Obla was suspended following alleged illegal financial dealings involving him which was exposed by the ICPC. He is also accused of forgery and other misconducts including; abuse of office, intimidation, financial impropriety and falsification of records.
After investigations, Obono-Obla’s Law degree might be withdrawn by the University of Jos and the Nigerian Law School might also bar him from practising. He could also face prosecution with regard to his academic credentials specifically his WAEC certificate.
Four members of the five-man panel he headed had allegedly written a petition against him, seeking for urgent action to curtain his several identified unlawful conducts. The panel members revealed that he single-handedly took on over 50 cases outside the mandate of the panel. Some of these cases includes (NEXIM Bank and the Central Bank of Nigeria; Ministry of Finance, Nigerian Ports Authority, etc).
A source at the presidency also revealed to Naija Buzz News that his sack letter had been delivered to Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Federation who is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.
Following Obono-Obla’s suspension by President Buhari, Apata would take over the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property in acting capacity.
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