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Okoi Finally Arrested After Months Of Hiding

Months after running from the long arms of the law, Okoi Obono-Obla, former Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) has been dragged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). 

Obono-Obla’s arrest was announced in a statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa.

Recall that the commission had earlier declared Obono-Obla wanted after his refusal to honour an invitation over allegations of forgery and financial impropriety.

The statement reads, “Obono-Obla’s arrest by operatives of the commission on Friday in Abuja, comes after he was declared wanted in October last year by ICPC for repeatedly failing to honour invitations sent to him,”

“The commission, while investigating allegations of abuse of office, certificate forgery and fraud amongst others, had wanted Obono-Obla to appear before it to clear his name.

“ICPC had kept surveillance on his movements and activities for some time until he was finally arrested along Aso Drive opposite the Millennium Park Abuja on Friday afternoon.”

She added that the suspect was taken to the ICPC headquarters and “run through custody protocols including medical profiling”.

Obono-Obla had denied the allegations against him, saying the ICPC by was trying to ridicule and embarrass him by declaring him wanted.

The former SPIS boss denied being invited by the commission for questioning before he was declared wanted.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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