- The solicitor general of the federation, Dayo Apata, has assumed control of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property
- President Buhari had ordered the erstwhile chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla, to immediately hand-over to Apata and await the outcome of investigations into series of petitions lodged against him
- The president also directed that the ICPC should conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Obono-Obla
The solicitor general of the federation and permanent secretary, Ministry of Jutsice, Dayo Apata, has assumed control of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, sequel to a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Following the suspension of the panel’s erstwhile chairman, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, a statement from the Ministry of Justice disclosed that the president had directed Apata to take over, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Buhari reportedly ordered Obono-Obla to immediately handover to Apata to await the outcome of investigation into a series of petitions lodged against him by “legal practitioners, concerned public spirited citizens and public officers.”
A statement released by the deputy director, public affairs at the Ministry of Justice, James Odaudu, disclosed that allegations against Obono-Obla bordered on “abuse of office, intimidation, unauthorised malicious investigation, financial impropriety, administrative misconduct and forgery/falsification of records”.
The suspension reportedly also followed the receipt and consideration of the interim investigative report of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the matter.
The statement read: “The president has also directed that ICPC should conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Chief Obono-Obla.
“Meanwhile, the solicitor-general of the federation and permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, has been directed to immediately take over the affairs of the Special Investigative Panel (SPIP).”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a presidency source revealed reasons why Okoi Obono-Obla was dismissed.
The presidency source also revealed that following Obono-Obla's outright dismissal, his prosecution was imminent.
Going further, the source said the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had recommended to the presidency that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the allegations of forgery levelled against Obono-Obla.
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