President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission [ICPC] to prosecute the erstwhile chairman of the the Special Presidential Investigation Panel [SPIP] for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.
The order followed after President Buhari suspended Mr. Obono-Obla.
Buhari directed ICPC to conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Obono-Obla following allegations of “abuse of office, intimidation, unauthorised malicious investigation, financial impropriety, administrative misconduct and forgery/falsification of records”.
In the meantime, the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, has assumed control of SPIP.
Consequently, the President ordered the erstwhile chairman to immediately hand-over to Apata and await the outcome of investigations into series of petitions lodged against him.
The Ministry of Justice in a statement had disclosed that the president had directed Apata to take over, and suspended Buhari pending the outcome of investigation into series of petitions lodged against him by “legal practitioners, concerned public spirited citizens and public officers.”
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).”