Okoi Obono-Obla, Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, has been recommended for dismissal by an ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives for allegedly forging his degree certificate.
According to the Punch, the ad-hoc committee, which is headed by Ahman Pategi, an All Progressives Congress member from Kwara State, also recommended that Obla should be arrested and prosecuted for the purported crime.
In its report submitted to the House on Tuesday, the ad-hoc committee stated that Obla “fraudulently” obtained his Bachelor’s law degree from the University of Jos through a false name.
The committee recommended that the university should withdraw his law degree, and also urged the Body of Benchers to revoke his law school degree.
In addition, the committee also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the presidential investigative committee over alleged abuse of office by its chairman.
The recommendations of the committee are as follows: “The Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act, Cap R4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 should be repealed.
“Urge the President to dissolve the panel in view of the arbitrary use of power and abuse of Office by the Chairman.
“The Code of Conduct Bureau should be strengthened to fill the gap that the panel seeks to fill in the current anti-corruption drive.
“The Independent Corrupt Practice Commission should investigate the allegations of corruption contained in the audit report on the Financial Transactions of the Panel by the Auditor-General of the Federation and prosecute the culprits.
“The Law degree obtained by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla having been done fraudulently should be withdrawn by the University of Jos.
“The Body of Benchers should withdraw the Law School Certificate awarded to Ofem, Okoi Ofem (now known as Chief Okoi Obono-Obla) as this was based on the degree which he obtained from the University of Jos through fraud.
“Mr President should discharge Chief Okoi Obono-Obla of his responsibility as Special Adviser and as Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel.
“Chief Okoi Obono-Obla should be arrested by the IGP and charged to Court for forgery and misrepresentation.”
The House, however, is yet to consider the report after it went on an eight-week recess last week.