VP Osinbajo is frustrating corruption investigation – Buhari’s aide

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Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is putting a spoke in the wheel of the official assignments given to him by their principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Obla alleged this while speaking against the backdrop of the sealing of his office by the police and rumour of his sack.

In a thinly veiled allegation, he accused Osinbajo of compromising the war waged against corruption by Buhari led-government saying the Vice President was peddling influence to get some persons under investigation for fraud off the hook.

He 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, 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.

“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.

Obono-Obla further said : “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.”

He alleged that recently a highly placed officer of NFF he was investigated for alleged corruption paid a visit to the Vice president and was boasting that he will be removed soon.

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