The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences (ICPC) for probing and declaring the former Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla wanted over fraud allegations.
In a statement issued by the Media and Publications Officer, Toyin Odofin on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the Centre, Debo Adeniran he noted “it was stated by the commission in a receipt made available to the public that Obono-obla was declared wanted due to his abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation. Consequently, ICPC had extended several invitations to him, which he had failed to honor without giving any reason; Also, attempts to track and make him appear before the Commission also failed, these were what geared the commission to contact other law enforcement agencies for assistance concerning his whereabouts.”
“Report has it that, the commission had conducted series of investigations on the allegations with preliminary findings showing that some provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of Nigeria had been allegedly violated by Mr Obono-Obla.” However, despite the present administration contingent efforts at stamping out the debilitating ogre of corruption through the anti-graft agencies, it is true that there are some apparent cases of corruption bordering on public looting and acts of dishonesty or certificates’ forgery which were not clearly handled.
The CACOL boss added, “Against the backdrop of the noticeable lapses in exterminating corruption, We commend the ICPC for the patriotic zeal exhibited, so far by its leadership, in ridding the nation of the monstrous evil of corruption while we advise against any acts that could be misconstrued for witch-hunting by providing the accused the opportunity to clear their names if they are innocent of the charges preferred against them. Whoever turns out culprit should be made to suffer for their wicked acts, while proceeds of the crime should be completely retrieved and repatriated to their original source, to relief long-suffering Nigerians and serve as a deterrent to others”. The statement said.