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Presidency suspends Obona-Obla, Recovery of Public Property Chairman

Presidency suspends Obona-Obla, Recovery of Public Property Chairman

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, has suspended Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property.

In a statement from Salihu Isah, the AGF’s special adviser on media and publicity, Obono-Obla has been barred from further carrying out any official operation nor grant interviews until further notice.

Obono-Obla‘s suspension was made public via the media statement by Isah on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

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The statement, which quoted a November 1, 2017, letter by the AGF addressed to Obono-Obla, who is also the special assistant to the president on prosecution, was as a result of a complaint from office of the Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo.

In his capacity as a presidential assistant, Obono-Obla works directly under the AGF.

The AGF’s letter read, “I have received a letter Ref. SH/OVP/DCOS/FMJ/0424 dated October 20, 2017 in respect of the above subject from the office of the vice-president.

“In the said letter, the vice-president expressed his concerns on the activities of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property which runs contrary to the enabling Act establishing it. He also noted that the activities of the panel run foul or contrary to established administrative procedures and protocols in the Federal Civil Service structure.

“In view of the foregoing coupled with the directives contained in the letter under reference, you are hereby directed to refrain from any further action or taking any step in your capacity as the chairman of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property with immediate effect until directed otherwise by His Excellency, the vice-president.

“While you are to await further instructions in respect of the Panel’s mandate, you are hereby directed to promptly provide a detailed up-to-date report on the activities of the Panel to the undersigned for onward transmission to the vice-president.

“Furthermore, you are required to henceforth seek clearance from the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before granting any media interview or making press releases on official matters.

“While appealing for immediate and strict compliance with the contents of this letter, please, accept the assurances of my warm regards and best wishes.

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