The Federal Government has suspended chairman of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property, Okoi Obono-Obla until further notice.
Special adviser to the attorney-general of the federation on media and publicity, Salihu Isah disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, a letter dated November 1 by the AGF addressed to Obono-Obla, who is also the special assistant to the president on prosecution said he must seek clearance from Abubakar Malami, minster of justice before granting any further press interviews.
The AGF’s letter read, “I have received a letter Ref. SH/OVP/DCOS/FMJ/0424 dated October 20, 2017 in respect of the above subject from the office of the vice-president.
“In the said letter, the vice-president expressed his concerns on the activities of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property which runs contrary to the enabling Act establishing it. He also noted that the activities of the panel run foul or contrary to established administrative procedures and protocols in the Federal Civil Service structure.
“In view of the foregoing coupled with the directives contained in the letter under reference, you are hereby directed to refrain from any further action or taking any step in your capacity as the chairman of the special investigation panel on the recovery of public property with immediate effect until directed otherwise by His Excellency, the vice-president.
“While you are to await further instructions in respect of the Panel’s mandate, you are hereby directed 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.
“Furthermore, you are 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.
“While appealing for immediate and strict compliance with the contents of this letter, please, accept the assurances of my warm regards and best wishes.”