Okoi Obono-Obla, former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), has been declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The anti-graft agency announced this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Tuesday.
Okoduwa said Obono-Obla is wanted by the ICPC due to “his repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.”
The former presidential aide, according to ICPC, is facing a series of allegations levelled against him by members of the public on his role as head of the government panel on asset recovery.
“The Commission is in receipt of petitions accusing him of abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation.
“The suspended chairman is also facing allegations of working outside the guidelines governing the panel by investigating unauthorized petitions and prosecuting suspects without recourse to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation,” the statement read in part.
ICPC said they have conducted series of investigations on the allegations with preliminary findings showing that some provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of Nigeria had been allegedly violated by Obono-Obla.
“Consequently, ICPC had extended several invitations to him, which he had failed to honour without giving any reason. Attempts to track and make him appear before the Commission also failed leading ICPC to contact other law enforcement agencies for assistance concerning his whereabouts.
“One of such contact has yielded results as records from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) show that Obono-Obla had travelled out of the country,” the statement read.