- ICPC has asked Okoi Obono-Obla to appear before it to clear his name
- The anti-graft agency said it is aware that Obono-Obla is back in the country
- Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC spokesperson, said that the commission has directed security agencies to arrest Obono-Obla if he fails to appear before it
The former chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for the recovery of public property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has been urged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to appear before it and clear his name of the allegations leveled against him.
Cable news reports that the anti-graft agency said that it has directed security agencies to arrest Okoi Obono-Obla wherever he is found.
Legit.ng gathered that while addressing journalists in Abuja, the ICPC's spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the former presidential aide resorted to propaganda against the commission instead of turning himself in.
The anti-graft agency declared him wanted in October 2019, following his alleged repeated failure to honour the commission’s invitations.
Okoduwa said the commission was aware that the former presidential aide was back in the country, and was even sighted at an event recently.
“We are aware that Obono-Obla has returned to the county and everything he has been saying about the commission and its chairman.
“He is reportedly going about saying ICPC is a rival office to his own. I have people calling me to react to what he has said. The decent thing is for the gentleman to come to ICPC to clear his name. We have given him an opportunity to clear his name of the allegations against him.
She added that the commission had alerted security agencies to pick him up when seen to enable him to clear the air.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Obono-Obla was accused by the chairman of ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, of stirring public sentiments over his indictment for alleged fraud.
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