The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property has sent to the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata, a list containing reports on 23 cases being handled by the panel up till the time its Chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla, was suspended, Punch report.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 14, 2019, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, suspended Obono-Obla and directed Apata to take charge of the panel.
Mustapha said Obono-Obla would be investigated for records falsification and extortion.
In compliance with the SGF’s directive, Apata sent an August 15, 2019 letter to then head of the panel’s legal unit, Dr Celsus Ukpong, demanding reports on “all cases instituted or involving the panel” within 48 hours.
Ukpong’s letter dated August 29, 2019 and containing reports on 23 cases of the SPIP, was addressed to Apata, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice.
The document seen by The PUNCH on Sunday was titled, ‘Re: Report on all prosecution and court processes.’
Some of the cases on the list included criminal cases against the Anambra North senator, Stella Oduah, and the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick and four other NFF officials.
Other prominent cases which were either for interim forfeiture or fundamental rights enforcement included, Akwa Ibom North-East senator, Bassey Akpan, ex-governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, Access Bank Plc, and the International Tower Limited.
On Oduah’s case, Ukpon’s letter reports, “FRN V. Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah FHC/ABJ/CR/108/2019.
“This matter is pending before Court 4 of the Federal High Court in Abuja. The charge is on non-declaration of assets, before the panel, possession of foreign accounts, etc,” The report identified two cases involving Pinnick.