UPDATED: Buhari suspends panel on recovery of public property; places gag order on Obono-Obla

Okoi Ofem Obla
Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended further activities by the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property.

In a November 1 memo, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami said the presidency had placed a gag order on Okoi Obono-Obla, the president’s special assistant on prosecution who also serves as the chairman of the recovery panel.

In the memo, reference number: HAGF/SH/2017/VOL/1/60, Mr. Malami said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had observed that the activities of the panel run counter to its term of reference.

Mr. Obono-Obla said the memo was “leaked” and he was surprised that such an internal communication could become a matter of media reports.

“I’m quite amazed that a letter that was written to me was leaked to the press,” he told PREMIUM TIMES Sunday evening. He declined requests for his reaction to the key issues raised in the memo

The directive came on the heels of controversial statements credited to him.

Mr. Obono-Obla, a native of Cross River State who was appointed in April 2016, drew criticism when he said last month that Abdulrasheed Maina had not been found culpable in any wrongdoing, in what seemed like a tacit defence of the fugitive who had been on the wanted list of EFCC for years.

In the memo, the presidency said Mr. Obono-Obla is now “required to henceforth seek clearance from the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before granting any media interview or making press releases on official matters.

It also said Mr. Osinbajo expressed concerns that the activities of the panel contravened established administrative procedures and protocols in the civil service structure. The vice president called for immediate and strict compliance with the directives.

Mr. Obono-Obla was asked to “promptly provide a detailed up-to-date report on the activities of the Panel to the undersigned for onward transmission to the Vice President.”

He was asked to cease further activities and await instruction from the presidency on the future of the panel.


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  • KELLOGGS

    Well, Premium Times has to remove him from the appointments from the South then.

    • SeniO.

      Lol…

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    Too many structures in Buhari’s corruption fight all working in opposing directions. Obla defended Maina, Malami was instrumental to reengaging Maina, Malami issued a gag order on Obla for defending Maina halting the operations of his department. What a confused bunch. This is comedic

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    BE A MUCH BIGGER DISASTER FOR THE NORTH TO ASK FOR BUHARI’S LONG OVERDUE RESIGNATION

    But Buhari must sack the following within the next 24hours;

    1. Ibrahim Magu – EFCC
    2. Ibrahim Idris – Police IG
    3. Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff
    4. Lawal Musa Daura – DG, DSS
    5. Tukur Yusuf Buratai – Army Chief
    6. Abubakar Malami – Attorney General
    7. Liar Mohammed – Minister of Information
    8. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau – Minister of Interior
    9. All DG’s of Parastatals under the Ministry of Information
    10. Shehu Garbage (alias Comical Ali No.1)
    11. Femi Adeshit (alias Comical Ali No. 2)
    12. Maikanti Baru – GMD, NNPC

    Nothing less will do.

    We must not allow Buhari to pull down the North ….. let Buhari face the disgrace he brought on himself alone

    • Iskacountryman

      who compiled your list?

    • princegab

      Just sack one to kill 2 birds with one stone. Sack pmb, the 12 are out automatically. Thank for your recommendations though.

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    Truth be told he has not comported himself with dignity and restraint.

    Hes been too combative, too aggressive and too defensive.

    This Government has the potential to right the wrongs of this country but its yet to pick the right team members needed to achieve anything meaningful.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    Obono-Obla like a parrot ran his mouth ceaselessly, unlike the legal professional he is meant to be, so much that his employees became embarrassed and had to curtail his stupidity.

  • Arabakpura

    If only he had added Abdul-okon to his name, the President would have opted to study the report on him before humiliating him since according to Garba Shehu and Obla, this a democracy and the President takes his time so as not to injure an innocent man! Mr Obla is guilty after all!

    • Ubong

      He should completely be removed from Aso Rock because he runs his mouth unguarded like Oshiomole. His lied in support of maina was corruption in the highest orders but why AGF and Dambazzu is still in offices is unexplainable as what they did was favouritism CORRUPTION.

  • emmanuel

    One man has been praying for Obla to be humiliated, the way he has humiliated with Federal might over his snatched wife and Son.
    Nature is taking its course

    • olusina olayiwola-ojetunde

      Can we hear more?

  • Someone

    i was expecting them to make obla a scapegoat anytime soon after maina and all malami gaffes, and theyve done it.

    malami is just too incompetent. no matter how they try to cover it, it just shows everyday. he is not fit for the AGF position. why cant they just make the AGF office electable and independent so its opened to qualified people????

    • Otile

      If the office becomes an elective one the Fulanis will still rig it by intimidation, violence or whatever. Nigeria needs to break up.

      • Someone

        heheh. obla has been amputated. a scapegoat.

      • Ubong

        You voted them, stop complaining. We are progressing and changing.

  • Someone

    obla was the talking speaker for malami, because malami couldn’t do his work. how did malami get his SAN?
    i expected this for obla around this time. a scapegoat.

    i think it’s wise to say let the administration fail.

  • GbemigaO

    He should resign as he has been disgraced but no. Nobody in his right sense will resign from Nigerian government.

  • Otile

    Allah Wubade

  • Someone

    the next is for him to resign. they amputate all his bodily organs. he’s being warned to desist from making media interviews. they don amputate him. terrible.

  • prince kk

    He deserves to be removed. He rus His mouth like parrot. I had personally complained about His combative and insulting nature. I wonder he wants to be Lai Mohammed or apc spspokesperson

  • Solomon Brown

    Wait a minute, this administration is actually chipping away at an individual’s right to free speech, while protecting criminals like Malami and Dambazzau,this is insanity! The guy in question should resign if he had any shred of honor left in him.
    Two weeks since #Mainagate and this might be all that ever comes of it, absolutely embarassing to any responsible government to have this guys still manning such sensitive posts, so much lawlessness.

    • Someone

      the worst part is the way obla is being embarassed. he has been the speaker for the AGF for many times. i dont think they will do this to a northerner. obla should just resign and become a critic of the govt.

  • Arkhuma

    I feel this serves him right!. The man has been overreaching. He was the same person that publicly hunted the EFCC for certain high profile case files. I have been suspicious of him with regards to his comments on politically exposed persons. He thinks he is another Magu. Funny he is now complaining that memo was leaked to the media when he had no qualms about being loquacious and muddling up corruption issues to the same press. On the same hand, good to read that the Vice President could still exercise some powers especially over an aide of the President despite the fact that the man is closer to the AGF who the conspiracy theorists would want us believe is more powerful than the VP in the present administration. Or probably the AGF wrote the memo to cover his track. Just thinking like one of them..lol. Hmmmmmmm.

  • Lanre

    The master is not happy with Okon’s ass-licking skills. Too bad.

    p.s Sincere apologies to anyone who might feel offended by this post. But this Okon fellow is a Piece of Crap and cannot be described any better.

    • udemeobong

      Tribalist! This is how you people creat problems. He has a name, but you choose to call him Okon. You are Lanre by name and to match with your style I can decide to give you a name that matches your tribe ba? Will you feel comfortable? We need more well educated people to discuss matters of national importance but not your stype.

  • share Idea

    Fear of 2019 election is making APC act like a deranged man. More confusion in the rank hypocrites

    • Mizch

      Were they ever sane? Don’t you see how they laugh in the midst of failures?

  • Bassey Agwu

    Having been used, it is now time to dump him. He was warned.

  • Tijani

    What a misleading title “Buhari suspends…” When the body of the brouhaha concerns Fake Pastor Fake Professor Osinbajo’s apparent remit as Vice President. Nigeria’s executive arm of government has clearly divided into the presidency and the vice presidency. If the centre cannot hold as one, how can the house stand?

    Okono Obla must have stepped on some vice presidential jagabanian toes.

  • forestgee

    But there is another mouth known as Sagay! What will they do to that one who is similar to Obla…confusion in falsehood government

  • Ahmed

    KYARI has to GO! He is a big negative to this administration. Buhari MUST cut ties with Kyari. The bad blood is too much. He is secretly working against the President! We have proof.

    • Someone

      show us your proofs. or tell us.

  • chinedu

    We may not know who has decreed. But the sacrifices seem to have started. Which animal will be next? Hopefully there won’t be sacred ones that can’t be touched. However this is Nigeria. A place where whatever can take place. We are watching.