The police have sealed Okoi Obono-Obla’s office in Abuja.
Mr Obono-Obla is a senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property.
The office of the presidential panel, located in Asokoro, was sealed Friday afternoon by some armed police officers, a source close to Aso Rock and the panel told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday evening.
The source said the police action followed a directive from the presidency that Mr Obono-Obla should be relieved of his appointment “immediately”.
The source said Mr Obono-Obla is aware of the communication relieving him of his appointment but that he has been dodging it so he could use the holiday period to persuade people close to Mr Buhari to talk the government into rescinding its decision.
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and overzealousness against him over time, it’s not an emergency action, so it may be difficult for the decision to be rescinded,” the source said further.
PREMIUM TIMES has, however, not been able to independently confirm if Mr Obono-Obla has been sacked from office.
When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited Mr Obono-Obla’s office around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, two police officers were seen guarding the premises.
Mr Obono-Obla was evasive in his response, when PREMIUM TIMES contacted him, Sunday morning.
It will be recalled that Mr. Obono-Obla’s alleged certificate forgery has remained a sore point in the Buhari’s administration which prides itself as anti-corruption.