OrderPaperToday – In response to calls for his sack by the President, the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, has described members of the House of Representatives as agents of looters and merchants of corruption.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Obla said the charge of forged WAEC certificate leveled against him by the lawmakers was false and in response to investigations into the activities and finances of some senators and members of the green chamber.
He addressed the certificate issue, stating that he graduated from university over 30 years ago.“I left university 30 years ago. I graduated and went to law school. I left Law School in 1990 and was called to Bar in June 1991.“The university screened me and awarded me a degree after deeming me worthy and after fulfilling the entry requirements.
“I wrote JAMB and scored excellent grades in all the subjects I wrote. It is a blackmail contrived by looters and their agents using the House of Representatives.”
“I have even filed a suit in Court challenging the power of the house of representatives to conduct such an investigation. It is a hatchet job with a premeditated mission. The so called report is illegal and unconstitutional.
“One of them openly boasted that for daring to investigating some powerful people in the National Assembly I will be dealt with.
“It is a reaction to my press conference early this week where I informed Nigerians that my Panel has forwarded the names of those under it investigation to the Nigeria Immigration Service to implement the travel ban stipulated by the Executive Order No 6 of 2018 for those under trial and investigation for corruption and abuse of office.
“I must be a genius to pass through University and Law School, practice law for more than two decades without a “ school certificate”.
“The whole issue is really laughable but it is sad the extent to which corruption can fight back.”