Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has asked the chairman of the Special Investigation Panel on recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla to step aside.

The president who conveyed the message In a letter addressed to him through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the suspension would be in place till the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) concludes its investigation him.

“I write to convey the directive of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. for your suspension from office as Chairman, Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property with immediate effect,” the SGF’s letter read.

“This suspension shall subsist until the conclusion of the on-going ICPC investigations into cases of alleged falsification of records and financial impropriety against your person.

“You are required by this instruction to strictly observe and comply with the provisions of PSR 030405 (a-c) of the Public Service Rules. For the avoidance of doubt, the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary. Federal Ministry of Justice shalt be the authority to whom you shall report.”

Obono-Obla is embroiled in corruption controversy and had reportedly failed to obey an earlier order by the president to  vacate office, prompting the police to intervene earlier in the week.