The suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has blamed the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, for his ordeal with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
He said he got into troubles with the Vice President beause he refused to take orders from him (Osinbajo)
Obono-Obla said he would not get fair assessment if the ICPC is allowed to look into allegations against him.
The anti corruption commission led by Bolaji Owansanoye is currently investigating Obono-Oba over alleged certificate forgery and extortion.
Obono-Obla said for the closeness of the Owansanoye to Osinbajo he would not get fair hearing.
Obono-Obla stated this in a suit he filed to challenge the said probe.
Among other things, he contended in the suit marked, HC/ABJ/CS/980/2019, that the ICPC, had no powers to invite, arrest, detain, investigate, or prosecute him in connection with alleged falsification of academic certificates.
Through his lawyer, Faruk Khamagam, Obono-Obla also filed an ex parte application seeking an urgent hearing of the suit.
The head of the legal unit of the SPIP while Obono-Obla held sway as the panel’s Chairman, Celsus Ukpong, deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the main suit and the ex-parte application.
Obono-Obla alleged that part of the reasons he was suspended as the SPIP chairman was that he was not taking instructions from Osinbajo.
He added that with Owasanoye as the ICPC chairman, the anti-corruption agency would not conduct a fair probe of his case.
Obono-Obla said his travails have to do with the investigations he launched against influential persons and organisations.
Faulting his suspension, said he “has been investigating many politically-exposed persons and civil servants, none of whom has been suspended”.
The plaintiff added that he had received death threats and sacrificed his comfort in assisting the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fight corruption.
He also faulted the alleged forgery of a West Africa Examination Council certificate levelled against him.