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Stop covering up misdeeds – ICPC to Obono-Obla

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Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), asked Okoi Obono-Obla, former Chairman of SPIP, to stop weaving religious, ethnic and partisan feelings.

Latest Nigeria News reports that SPIP represents the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).

We recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Obono-Obla in August, which was also his special processing assistant after the ICPC accused him of falsifying certificates and other corruption-related charges.

Following his suspension, Obono-Obla accused the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of persecuting him because of his loyalty to Buhari.

Obono-Obla in a letter to the president stated that some senior members of the vice president’s office had asked him to start an investigation, but he had refused.

He also said he was persecuted because he chose to be loyal to the president.

“My travails started with my appointment as Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property in July 2017!” the letter read.

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He said the Panel was established during the time Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was Acting President.

Obono-Obla said Osinbajo appointed one of his Special Assistants, Adeniran Gbolahan as Secretary while explaining that he later had a bitter disagreement on whether the panel has to seek mandates from the Vice President before it begins any of its investigations.

Reacting to the letter while speaking on Thursday at a Special Town Hall Meeting on Fight Against Corruption, Owasanoye said that it is a “shenanigan’’ to cover up for the allegations made against the former SPIP chairman.

He said: “The strongest defense for an accused person is to come out and say I did not do it.

“Any other defence is a shenanigan.”

He said that such allegation was common among political exposed accused persons who liked to weave religious, ethnicity and partisanship sentiment to over up for their misdeeds.