Special Assistant to the President and Chairmanspecial investigation panel on tge recovery of public property Chief Obono Obla is in trouble.Reports say he has been sacked and his SPIP Office sealed by Police men.
A souce from Aso rock and the panel says there is,no going back on the decision to sack him.
The source said the police action followed a directive from the presidency that Mr Obono-Obla should be relieved of his appointment “immediately”.
“They have asked ICPC to start investigating corruption allegations around him.
“The police were brought in to restrict movement in the office, so nobody would tamper with evidence while investigation is going on.
“The panel is still in place, it’s only Obla that has been removed,” the source said.
“They have built a case of corruption and overzealousness against him over time, it’s not an emergency action, so it may be difficult for the decision to be rescinded,” the source said further.
Mr Obono-Obla however as at yesterday said he was yet to receive his sack letter.
“I don’t know about that,” he responded when asked if it was true he had been sacked from office.
“If they removed me, they would give me a letter? Is it not so?
He however, confirmed his office had been sealed by the police.
Speculations are rife that his sack is not unconnected to his identification of 1000 houses abroad as belonging to some bigwigs.
Obla said he was in his office on Friday but later left for the holidays in his hometown in Cross River State before he received information about the sealing of the office.
“People at the office told me somebody came there, said he is the area commander, he has instructions that nobody should enter and nobody should leave. But that is rubbish. Is that how things are done?
“I am in Cross River, not Abuja. I don’t know what’s happening in Abuja. If they want to remove me, they should give me a letter. I am in Cross River enjoying my holiday,” Mr Obono-Obla said.
Mr Obono-Obla’s anti-corruption job has often been steeped in controversies which overshadowed some of the successes recorded by his office.
At some point, he had to spend time to fight off allegations that he forged his secondary school certificate.
An ad hoc panel set up by the House of Representatives, December last year, had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Mr Obono-Obla over the forgery allegation.
The panel had also accused Mr Obono-Obla of corruption.
But Mr Obono-Obla had said at the time that the forgery and corruption allegations against him were merely a witch-hunt by people who were uncomfortable with his anti-corruption fight.
Recall that an exclusive report on how correspondence between Mr Obono-Obla’s office and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) led to the exit the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, from CAF leadership.
He was suspended at a point and Allegedly given instructions not to communicate with the press without getting clearance from above.
Obono-Obla is known in the past to have disobeyed the directive of Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo regarding his anti-corruption job.