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Suspension: The Many Sins Of Okoi Obono-Obla


It is no longer news that the former Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SIPRPP), Okoi Obono-Obla was suspended on the reason that he was found to have gone beyond his mandate. 

Okoi Obono-Obla had been found wanting consequent upon the recommendation issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,  Abubakar Malami (SAN), who had the backing to carry out an investigation into the activities of Okoi Obono-Obla when he held sway. 

Below are the alleged  undoings of Okoi Obono-Obla as stated by the AGF:

  1. The investigation of over fifty (50) cases outside the two cases referred to the Panel;
  2. Contrary to the fact that the Panel is an investigative panel by its enabling law, which lacks prosecutorial powers, Mr. Obla has unlawfully engaged lawyers to file charges against suspects without any recourse to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation;
  3. Reckless appointment of one Mr. Victor Osita Uwajeh as a private investigator despite the fact that the same character is facing prosecution by the EFCC for fraud related offences;
  4. The engagement, mostly on secondment, of over one hundred (100) policemen conducting investigations into numerous/diverse cases without adherence to the rule of law and best practices and without any form of administrative structure or operational guidelines;
  5. The case of attempted arrest of the Executive Secretary of TETFUND with a truck of mobile policemen, which led to the petition written to my office over the incessant harassment by the Panel Chairman;
  6. The recent arrest of the Deputy Director (Maintenance) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation over non-payment of a contractor that carried out some questionable renovations and supplies at the operational office of the Panel at the Federal Secretariat;
  7. The investigation of over 60 cases by ASP Suleiman without the knowledge or approval of the Panel;
  8. Flagrant acts of disrespect, indiscipline and insubordination against members of the Panel, and disregard to valid resolutions, as well as the Rules and Regulations of the Panel;
  9. Writing of several Reports and requests for mandate to carry out investigations to Your Excellency without the knowledge and approval of the Panel;
  10. Request to the SGF that the Panel funds be moved from the Office of the SGF to newly opened Panel Account at the Accountant-General Office contrary to the unanimous decisions of the Panel.

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