HE who must come to equity they say must come with clean hands. That has been the issue in contention as Obla Okoi, the chairman of Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP, set up by President Muhammadu Buhari with the primary aim of recovering the stolen public properties, has been accused of certificate forgery.
Based on the accusation, Okoi has been accused of avoiding summons of the National Assembly’s Ad-Hoc Committee Investigating Legality and Modus Operandi of the panel.
Consequently, the committee led by Aliyu Ahman-Pategi representing Edu, Moro, Pategi Federal Constituency in Kwara State, the chairman, while addressing issues bothering on the objectives of the SPIP, and the reason for its creation at the House of Representatives earlier on Tuesday, May 15, frowned at the perpetual disrespect of the panel chairman to the NASS Ad-Hoc Committee. Ahmand-Pategi said the committee had received numerous petitions about Okoi’s alleged questionable character which include; senior school certificate forgery, extortion and blackmailing of top government officials, operating above the law, especially the laws guiding the mode of operations of the panel as confirmed by four other members of the panel among others.
While addressing the panel members, representatives of the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, Head of Services, Code of Conduct Bureau and Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, the committee chair pointed out lapses of the SPIP as set up by the Presidency, particularly of the man chairing it whose WAEC result had been claimed to be forged according petitions from members of the public, where candidate’s name and grade corresponding to the same examination number were edited, as backed up by official evidence of discrepancies from WAEC (pictures attached).
He said: “It’s quite saddening that President Buhari appointed a man who did not only forge his WAEC Certificate to secure admission into Higher Institution but also get involved in shoddy deals, as the chairman of a sensitive anti-corruption panel like this.”
Pategi also emphasised on the fact that the committee was interested in these findings as there were several agencies carrying out same duties and functions and that the findings would help in clarifying and better repositioning the various agencies and go further to either amend, or repeal or add to their responsibilities through lawmaking. And this would form part of the recommendations of the committee.
Irked by the continual refusal of Okoi to appear before the committee, the committee said it had resolved to implement relevant sections of section 89 of the 1999 constitution and summon the chair of the SPIP chair and other members of the panel to appear before the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Thursday May 26, 2018 unfailingly. “Without which the committee shall exercise its responsibility of issuing a warrant of arrest,” Ahman-Pategi said.
The ad-hoc committee is expected to reconvene on Thursday, May 26, 2018 for further deliberations.
– May 16, 2018 @ 15:15 GMT |