Confusion as Police seals office of Buhari’s panel on stolen property

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OFFICE of the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property was, weekend, sealed off by police operatives.

This came on a day report indicated that chairman of the panel, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, has been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari. But the Presidency, yesterday, could not confirm the sack of Obono-Obla as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said he had not been briefed on any such development.

Meanwhile, Obla has said he was not disturbed by his purported sack, adding that what was happening was corruption fighting back because his panel was investigating highly placed individuals connected to those in power. The Presidential Panel chairman, who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, also claimed that an official of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, that was facing corruption charges had recently boasted that he (Obla) would soon be removed after paying a visit to the Vice President. He also stated that a letter emanated from the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President to him on January this year that he should suspend all investigation cases because government wanted to carry out a review of the Panel.

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