Following the suspension of Chief Okoi Obono-Obla as chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata has been directed to take over the affairs of the Panel with immediate effect.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Wednesday directed the immediate suspension of Chief Obono-Obla from office, following the receipt and consideration of the interim investigative report of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on petitions, alleging abuse of office, intimidation, unauthorized malicious investigation, financial impropriety, administrative misconduct and forgery/falsification of records against the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.
The President also directed ICPC to conclude its investigations and proceed to prosecute Obono-Obla.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs in Federal Ministry of Justice, James Odaudu said, the Solicitor General of the Federation was directed by the President to take over the affairs of the panel immediately.
The Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Justice.