Certificate Forgery: Court okays probe of Buhari’s aide

By Emma Okereh and Ralph Ezepue

The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday held that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has powers to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery against Okoi Obono-Obla, a suspended presidential aide.

Obono-Obla is the suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).

The court also dismissed the allegation of abuse of fundamental human rights filed against ICPC by Obono-Obla.

The presiding judge, Justice Nkeonye Maha held that Obono-Obla failed to show how his right was abused or about to be breached following the invitations by ICPC and consequently dismissed the case.

Justice Maha also struck out Obono-Obla’s claim that the commission lacked powers to investigate allegation of certificate forgery for being incompetent.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the former SPIP Chairman was arrested by ICPC operatives in March after the commission declared him wanted in October 2019 for repeatedly failing to honour invitations sent to him.

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