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Buhari dissolves Obla’s public property recovery panel

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on  Tuesday dissolved the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) headed by the suspended Okoi-Obono Obla.

A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, 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.

Buhari, who thanked all members of the dissolved panel for their services, said he looked 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, Obono-Obla.

Buhari had on August 14 approved the suspension of  Obono-Obla from office.

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.

 

 

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