Okoi Obono-Obla, a former chairman of the disbanded Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, has hinted that he is still in Nigeria and continues to attend social functions despite being declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other independent related offences Commission (ICPC).
In two posts on his Facebook page on Thursday, Obono-Obla, who remains a fugitive, claimed that he is in his home state of Cross River attending events and receiving visitors.
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The ICPC had in October declared the former SPIP chairman wanted for failing to appear before it to answer questions of alleged corruption and fraud.
The anti-graft agency also said there was evidence from the National Immigration Service (NIS) that Obono-Obla left the country in August and had not returned since then.
But contrary to the ICPC’s claim, the fugitive lawyer in a post on Facebook stated that he attended the unveiling of a book entitled: “Topics in African History: Before 1800 and in the 19th and 20th Centuries”, on December 24 at Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
“I love the discipline of History! A society without history is a dead one! It is history that shape (sic) the cultural, legal, economic and political circumstances of any given society or country! On the 24 December 2019, I attended the unveiling of a book titled “Topics in African History: Before 1800 and in the 19th and 20th Centuries”; written by Chief Abam O Iwara @ The Presbyterian Primary School, Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
“To encourage the work of the author, I bought 250 copies of the book. I have decided to donate 50 copies each of the book to five secondary schools in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State to promote the study of History. The foreword of the book is written by my humble self,” the post read.
In another post accompanied with a photograph on the same medium, Obono-Obla said he hosted the Obol Lopon of Idomi, who visited him alongside his entourage on Boxing Day.
It is, however, unknown if the ICPC is aware of Obono-Obla’s supposed availability in the country and if any efforts would be made to effect his arrest.