Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Hand over to SGF, Buhari orders Obono-Obla

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

President Muhammad Buhari, has ordered Chief Okoi Obono-Obla to handover to the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata.
This is following the immediate suspension of the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovering of Public Property (SPIP) by the federal government over alleged administrative misconduct and other related offenses.
In a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, James Odaudu, Thursday, Obono-Obla was suspended following the receipt and consideration of the interim investigative report of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the matter.
According to the statement, President Buhari has ordered the ICPC to conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Chief Okoi Obono-Obla.
The statement reads; ‘’Following the crisis arising from series of petitions from legal practitioners, concerned public spirited citizens and public officers, alleging abuse of office, intimidation, unauthorized malicious investigation, financial impropriety,
administrative misconduct and forgery/falsification of records by the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his immediate suspension from office.
‘’The suspension follows the receipt and consideration of the interim investigative report of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the matter.
‘’The President has also directed that the Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) should conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Chief Okoi Obono-Obla.
‘’Meanwhile, the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, Esq. has been directed to immediately take over the affairs of the Special Investigative Panel (SPIP),’’ the statement concluded.

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