The suspended chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, has broken his silence days after he was declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Mr Obono-Obla is wanted for repeatedly failing to appear before the ICPC to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.
However, in a post on Facebook on Saturday, Obono-Obla, who is reportedly in the United Kingdom, said he was being persecuted.
He wrote: “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 utmost dedication, dignity, integrity and commitment! God and history shall always vindicate the just!”
The former presidential aide added: “Even those who have stolen billions or contributed to the wrecking of the national economy are not treated with such indignities.”
Reports say Obono-Obla left the country on August 17, two days after the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) formally announced his suspension and asked him to handover to the solicitor-general in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
ICPC made a report indicting Obono-Obla for certificate forgery with which he allegedly procured a law degree at the University of Jos before moving to the Nigerian Law School to qualify as a lawyer.
The ICPC also said members of the public made allegations against him such as abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income, and collection of gratification from suspects.