Obono-Obla sues ICPC, shuns probe – Independent Observers

Obono-Obla sues ICPC, shuns probe

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By Andy Chukwu

Okoi Obono-Obla, the suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of Public Property (SPIP), has reportedly filed a suit against the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Punch Newspaper has reported.

Obono-Obla was reported to have refused to appear before the ICPC on Monday, and had proceeded to the federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday to challenge the probe.

It was believed that he refused to appear before the ICPC owing to his plan to challenge the summons by the commission.

Oluwatosin Ojaomo, who served as a prosecutor under him at the SPIP, was quoted to have said that Obono-Obla, in the suit, is seeking to restrain the ICPC from arresting or summoning him.

“He contends in the suit that the ICPC had already judged him and convicted him before inviting him for interrogation,” Ojaomo reportedly said.  

Obono-Obla, who was suspended a day after he claimed that there were some highly placed persons frustrating the works of the SPIP, is being investigated for alleged falsification of records and financial impropriety by the ICPC.

In a letter announcing his suspension, Obono-Obla was asked to step aside until the commission concludes its investigation.

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