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Obono-Obla fired ‘for going beyond brief

Obono-Obla fired ‘for going beyond brief

FORMER Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SIPRPP) Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla was suspended because he was found to have gone beyond his mandate, it was learnt at the weekend.

Besides, other members of the panel accused him of misconduct.

Obono-Obla was nailed, following a recommendation by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), who was mandated to investigate his activities

It was learnt that Malami investigated 10 petitions against Okono-Obla, including one from the House of Representatives.

Also, four out of the five members of the SIPRPP wrote separate petitions to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo against Okono-Obla’s conduct

The outcome of the investigation by the AGF revealed that Okono-Obla acted beyond the mandate of the panel.

The report found him guilty of alleged abuse of power, intimidation and harassment of innocent citizens.

Malami’s report,  said although two cases were officially referred to the SIPRPP, Okono-Obla went ahead to investigate 50 cases.

He also appointed Mr. Victor Osita Uwajeh as a private investigator, despite the fact that the person was facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The report said Obla had a team of 100 policemen working with him, including one ASP Suleiman, who was carrying out investigation without the knowledge or approval of the Panel.

Besides, Obono-Obla was accused of unauthorised investigation of judges.

It said although the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act does not confer any prosecutorial powers on the SPIP, Okono-Obla acted otherwise.

Also, petitions bordering on allegation of certificate forgery were lodged against  Obla, which questioned his integrity

Malami’s report is part of a November 15, letter his office sent to Osinbajo.

Obono-Obla, who has been declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has been pleading his innocence, claiming that his travails is because of corruption fighting back.

He also accused the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of abandoning him, despite the fact that they gave him a difficult assignment, which he dutifully carried out.

 

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