The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the closure of the office belonging to a Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla.
Naija News gathered that Obono-Obla’s office in Asokoro is currently under locks since Friday.
The closure of the Buhari’s aide office was confirmed by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The Police spokesperson explained that the action was carried out at the weekend on a complaint said to have emanated from the Federal Government.
It was gathered that the embattled presidential aide must have stepped on some toes in the presidency; having sufficiently vexed some “untouchables”.
It was also gathered that Obono-Obla had pencilled down some top individuals close to Buhari for corruption probe a few days earlier.
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However, Vanguard reports that Obono-Obla denied knowledge of his reported sack by the presidency.
He stated that the allegations against him were as a result of corruption fighting back.
Obono-Obla said: “They say I am uncontrollable, I don’t know how they want to control an anti-corruption fighter. If you are not the kind of person I am, you can’t fight corruption because corruption is systematic, it is endemic in Nigeria. So, you need a rugged person.
“The President said all anti-corruption agencies should be given a free hand, absolutely to work, there should not be any interference. The President has never sacked me but they have sacked me many times.
“Sometimes, they write letters to me that I should suspend my work. In January I got a letter from the Deputy Chief of Staff, the office of the Vice President that I should suspend all investigations that government wants to carry out a review and I said if the President was doing that, it should come from the Chief of Staff to the President.
The Buhari’s aide also revealed that he was attacked when he arrested an oil mogul who refused to pay the federal government three million dollars.
“When I arrested one oil mogul, we investigated the company and discovered that the company had not paid three million dollars to the Federal Government, they have oil bloc. When I arrested him to get the money from him, I had a lot of phone calls from the same people and they have not been happy with me, that was in July that I touched somebody who is close to them.
“These are all the forces and the ICPC has joined them. Why should they go and seal a government office on a non-working day? It is absurd. If they want to sack me, they should sack me and not to close down government office and ordered everybody inside not to come out and that nobody should go in.
“I have gone into a lot of areas other anti-corruption agencies have not gone into.
“The National Assembly, a Committee of the House of Representatives purportedly investigated me, they came after me, that is what I am suffering.
“They asked the President to remove me and the President ignored them because I did nothing wrong. But this one is as a result of the corruption case I am handling like the Petroleum Equalization Fund, PEF.”