- The former chairman of SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla, alleges that some principal members in the office of the vice-president attempted to make him compromise corruption investigations
- Obono-Obla claims the same people in the office of the vice-president are now persecuting him because he refused to do their bidding
- The former chairman of SPIP insists he is being persecuted and witch-hunted for carrying out his assignment with patriotism and dedication
The former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, says his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari resulted in him being persecuted by officials in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Cable reports that Obono-Obla, in a letter to President Buhari, said he resisted pressure by some principal members in the office of the vice president to compromise investigations.
He said officials in the office of the vice-president are now persecuting him because he refused to do their and bidding. The ex-SPIP chairman alleged that his trouble started when the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was acting president.
He said Osinbajo had appointed one of his special assistants, Adeniran Gbolahan, as secretary of the panel. Obono-Obla noted that he later had a bitter disagreement with Gbolahan concerning whether or not the panel should wait for mandates from the vice president before it can commence an investigation.
He said people in the office of the vice-president also disagreed with him regarding investigating cases of corruption among some members of the National Assembly.
The ex-SPIP chairman said he was being persecuted and witch-hunted for carrying out his assignment with patriotism, dedication, commitment, and conviction.
He said he does not deserve to be persecuted for refusing to be disloyal to Buhari and allow the office of the vice president to use the panel to serve vested interest.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari ordered the immediate suspension of the chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Obono-Obla some weeks ago.
According to a statement from the presidency posed on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, the suspension took place with immediate effect.
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.
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