Presidential aide reacts to the action of ICPC which has declared him wanted
Okoi Obono-Obla, a presidential aide, has described the action of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) which declared him wanted as an embarrassment.
The ICPC had on Tuesday, October 22, declared Obono-Obla wanted following his alleged refusal to honour the invitations by the anti-graft commission.
The former presidential aide was accused of abusing his office and collection of bribes from suspects his panel was investigating. The anti-graft commission said its investigations showed that Obono-Obla had travelled out of the country. However, the former presidential aide has faulted the ICPC’s move in a statement released his lawyer, F. Baba Isa, according to a report by The Guardian.
According to Obono-Obla, the ICPC’s move portrayed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as one that does not have regards for the rule of law. He also claimed in the statement he did not receive any invitation letters from the anti-graft agency.
It is not however revealed in the statement whether Obono-Obla has left Nigeria to an undisclosed location as the ICPC claimed in its earlier statement.
President Buhari has repeatedly vowed to eradicate corruption in the Nigerian government and the general public space. Despite its oil resources, Nigeria is still battling with huge economic challenges, which many has largely attributed to corruption. The president upon his assumption of office has been taking measures to fulfil his campaign promise to wage war against corruption.
Part of the measures he put in place is the Special Presidential Panel for the Recovery of Public Property he inaugurated with the mandate to work on recovering public properties illegally acquired by political office holders and others.