Certificate Forgery: Buhari Suspends Obono-Obla

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, from office.

Obono-Obla’s suspension letter was from the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha. He has also been asked to go to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for questioning.

Obono-Obla has been lined to face charges related to certificate forgery and corrupt practices.

The letter by the SGF indicated that while Obono-Obla is on suspension, the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Apata would be in charge of the recovery of the properties.

Obono-Obla’s problems reared a head when Police officers invaded his Asokoro office in Abuja to seal it off. This according to reports is to halt the removal of evidence from his office as it will be useful during his prosecution.

Obono-Obla was found by the ICPC to have forged his certificates and further advised the Presidency to relieve him of his duties. He had been indicted of forgery by a House of Representative Committee before the ICPC’s investigation.

Obono-Obla in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES said; “They have never called me to testify and properly defend myself against all the allegations,” he said.

“They based their so-called investigation on the findings of the House of Reps which was similarly unfair to me,” he said.

“I went to the University of Jos and graduated. I went to the Nigerian Law School and graduated. Nobody can say those certificates were forged. I have used them for 25 years to practice law,” Mr Obono-Obla said.

“I am not going to deny anything about the WAEC certificate because the issue is in court,” he said. “I will not comment.”

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