The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, wanted. The anti-graft agency made this announcement in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Tuesday.
Obono-Obla is wanted by the ICPC due to “his repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.” The former presidential aide, according to ICPC, is facing a series of allegations levelled against him by members of the public on his role as head of the government panel on asset recovery.
“The Commission is in receipt of petitions accusing him of abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation. “The suspended chairman is also facing allegations of working outside the guidelines governing the panel by investigating unauthorized petitions and prosecuting suspects without recourse to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation,” the statement read in part.
ICPC said they have conducted series of investigations on the allegations with preliminary findings showing that some provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of Nigeria had been allegedly violated by Mr. Obono-Obla.