Friday, 1 November 2019

They took my job away and still they want to break me, Obla cries out as ICPC closes in on him

The former Chairman of the Special Presidential Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, on Saturday said some persons were bent on demonising him before Nigerians.

He said after he had been relieved of his job, the persons have been maligning him with the intention to break him.

Obono-Obla, who was recently declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, said this in a message he posted on his Facebook page.

Describing himself as a true patriot, he said he did his job with utmost dedication.

He lamented that even those who stole from the nation's treasury were not treated the way he is being treated.

He, however, boasted that God and history will vindicate him.

He cited the example of the former South African leader, Nelson Mandela, who he said became a world icon after his persecution and imprisonment.

Obono-Obla said, "What (sic)are these people after me? They took their job away, yet they are not done!

"They smeared me in the media, they framed me! They lied against me! They declared me wanted!

"What offence have I committed? Even those who have stolen billions or contributed to the wrecking of the national economy are not treated with such indignities. Those who have corruptly enriched themselves!

"They just want to humiliate me! They want to break me! They want to demonise me before Nigerians!

"I am (a) true patriot of Nigeria! I did my job with the utmost dedication, dignity, integrity, and commitment!

"God and history shall always vindicate the just! Nelson Mandela was persecuted, prosecuted, dehumanised and imprisoned for 27 years, but he became a world Icon!"

The ICPC had declared the former presidential aide wanted due to his repeated failure to appear before the commission to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.

"Mr Obono-Obla is facing (a) series of allegations leveled against him by members of the public on his role as head of the government panel on asset recovery.

"The commission is in receipt of petitions accusing him of abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation," the ICPC had said.

It said the decision to declare him wanted was taking after he failed to honour the several invitations extended to him without giving any reason.

Meanwhile, Obono-Obla has also dragged the commission to court.

He is challenging his investigation by the agency, saying the ICPC is already prejudiced against him.

He said he was never invited by the commission before he was declared wanted, describing the action as an attempt to ridicule and embarrass him