The Federal Government has sacked the chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), chief Okoi Obono-Obla.
A memo from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) which announced the sack, asked the Solicitor General of the Federation to take over the activities of the panel.
Dayo Apata, a career civil servant who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Justice will now take over as the acting chairman of the Federal government’s panel pending when a new head would be announced.
Armed Mobile Policemen had since last week, lay siege on the promises of the panel.
There was no immediate reason given for the sealing of the panel’s office located at Guzape, near Asokoro Abuja but sources said the security men were there to prevent Obono- Obla from accessing the office in order not to temper with some documents.
Our source in the OSGF who saw the memo said Obono-Obla has been sack from SPIP, which put to rest controversy surrounding the deployment of armed police to the panel’s premises.
But the sack might not be unconnected with the report of members of the 8th House of Representatives that recommended his removal over allege secondary school certificate fraud.
The presidency had asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate further.
The sister anti-corruption agency through its report, recommended that Obono-Obla should be sack.
Obono-Obla is beeing accused of falsifying his West African Examination Council (WEAC) certificate in which he used to study law at the University of Jos and the Nigerian Law School.
Obono-Obla who might be pickup by ICPC officials to face prosecution, had dismissed the commission’s report as unbalanced.
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