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A Month After Firing Onobo-Obla, Buhari Dissolves His Panel

The Nigeria presidency has announced the dissolution of special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property.

Aso Rock announced the dissolution on Tuesday evening through the President’s Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity Femi Adesina.

President Muhammdu Buhari
President Muhammdu Buhari

The recovery panel was chaired by the embattled and disgraced Mr Okobi Onobo-Obla who was slammed with claims of certificate forgery.

The anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had advised the President after a series of investigations to relieve Onobo-Obla.

The allegation was that he did not secure requisite academic credentials to enter the University of Jos to study law or the Nigerian Law School.

He was accused of building a career on fraudulently obtained credentials.

Finally, the President suspended Obono-Obla on August 14, 2019, following the recommendation of the ICPC.

The Presidency announced the dissolution of the panel on Tuesday directing that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice take over all outstanding investigations and other activities of the SPIP.

The President said “President Buhari thanks all members of the dissolved panel for their services.

“The President looks forward to receiving the final Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) report on the ongoing investigations of the dissolved panel’s Chairman.”

The panel was established in August 2017 by the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to investigate specifically mandated cases of corruption, abuse of office and similar offences by public officers.