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    Ex-Presidential Aide, Obla docked by ICPC over Certificate Forgery, N19.9m Fraud

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    The former Chairman of the disbanded Special Presidential Investigation
    Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla,
    has been arraigned in court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and
    Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on allegation of offences
    bordering on fraud.

    Obono-Obla, who was arraigned before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, of the
    Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, for allegedly forging
    an O’ Level certificate, was also charged alongside his Special Adviser
    on Protocol, Aliyu Ibrahim and the Managing Director of ABR Global
    Petroleum Resources Limited, Daniel Omughele, for allegation of
    diverting N19.9 million meant for the furnishing of SPIP’s office.

    ICPC in a 10-count charge accused the former SPIP boss of knowingly
    presenting a fake result with a credit pass in English Literature to the
    University of Jos, with which he secured admission to read Law, contrary
    to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,
    2000 and punishable under the same section.

    The Commission alleged that while Obono-Obla did not seat for the
    Ordinary Level General Certificate Examination (GCE) in English
    Literature in 1982, he presented a result of the same GCE to the
    University of Jos, in 1985, containing Credit 6 from Mary Knoll College,
    Ogoja. An offence which is contrary to Section 363 and punishable under
    Section 364 of the Penal Code Act 532, Vol. 4 Laws of the Federation of
    Nigeria, 2004.

    The charge further revealed that Obono-Obla, Aliyu Ibrahim and Daniel
    Omughele, in July, 2018, diverted N18.2 million out of N19.9 million
    released to SPIP for office furniture by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance
    Cooperation (NDIC).

    Ibrahim was accused of receiving the money from six contractors who had
    won bids for the office furnishing contrary to Section 26 (c)(i) of the
    Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable
    under Section 68 of the same Act.

    They all pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them. The
    counsel, Paul Irokore (SAN), A. C. Ozokwo and Emmanuel Okere for
    Obono-Obla, respectively prayed the court to grant them bail in liberal

    Counsel to ICPC, Samuel Ipinlaye, who did not oppose the bail however
    prayed the court to grant them bail on such conditions that will ensure
    their attendance in court for trial.

    The trial Judge, Adeniyi, while ruling on the bail applications granted
    them bail in the sum of N10 million each and a surety in like sum.

    The court further ruled that the surety must be directors in the
    employment of the federal government or the Federal Capital Development
    Authority (FCDA).

    The accused were also to submit their international passports with the
    senior Registrar of the Court.

    It would be recalled that Mr. Obono-Obla was arrested by ICPC in March
    2020 after being declared wanted by the Commission in October 2019.

    Obono-Obla had also challenged the powers of ICPC to investigate
    allegations of certificate forgery leveled against him but this was
    dismissed by the courts in May 2020.

    The case was adjourned to 17th, 18th and 19th March for commencement of

    Signed: Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua
    Spokesperson for the Commission

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