- The move by Okoi Obono-Obla, the former head of SPIP, to stop allegation made against him has been quashed
- The attempt was foiled by a ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja
- The court ruled that the ICPC has the power to investigate the certificate forgery allegation made against Obono-Obla
The Federal High Court has dismissed the idea that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has no power to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery by the former head of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla.
The suspended president of SPIP, Obono-Obla, had claimed that the ICPC has no constitutional power and was incompetent to carry out the probe on him.
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However, the commission's spokesperson, Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, in a statement made available to Legit.ng said that the court in Abuja presided over by Justice N. E. Maha struck out Obono-Obla's claim.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obono-Obla had been arrested by the ICPC. Obono-Obla, who has failed to honour the invitation of the ICPC was nabbed by its operatives in Abuja on Friday, March 20.
The former presidential aide's arrest was confirmed by the spokesperson of the anti-graft commission, Rasheedah Okodowa.
Okodowa said: "...Mr Obono-Obla was arrested a few hours ago in Abuja. Details will be communicated to the public.”
In an earlier post, Legit.ng reported that Obono-Obla had said that he has no faith in Nigeria's judiciary. In a recent interview, Obono-Obla said that his faith in the judicial system is low that he can confidently say that there was no justice in Nigeria.
The former SPIP boss alleged that he was removed from office by President Muhammadu Buhari by the working of a cabal.
Obono-Obla went as far as saying that with the way things are now in the country, he will not trust any official appointment given to him, even if they come with protection.
Obono-Obla said: “Right now, I won’t lie, if I am ever offered any anti-corruption work in Nigeria, I will be very sceptical about taking it, even if there’s protection.
“I worked and was bent on doing the right thing, in consonance with the real demands of that assignment but there are people in this country who will never let good things happen to this country.”
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