- ICPC has declared wanted Obono-Obla, former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property
- The anti-graft agency said it made the move after Obono-Obla failed to honour several invitations sent to him over allegations of fraud and corruption
- According to ICPC, citing records from NIS, Obono-Obla left the country to an undisclosed location on August 17th, 2019 and has not returned since then
Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), has been reportedly declared wanted by the ICPC.
According to the statement posted on its official Twitter handle, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission said it declared the ex-presidential aide wanted following his repeated refusal to appear before it to honour its invitations over fraud and corruption allegations against him.
Recall that Obono-Obla was accused of abusing his office and collection of gratification from suspects being investigated by his panel.
He was also accused of flouting the guidelines put in place for the panel by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
According to the anti-graft agency, the investigations conducted thus far showed that Obono-Obla violated the provision of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The ICPC said records from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) showed Obono-Obla travelled out of the country to an unnamed place on Saturday, August 17, 2019, via Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and has not returned since then.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhamadu Buhari approved Obono-Obla's suspension in August following the fraud allegations against him.
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