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Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla has said that the Federal Government would soon take over empty houses located in Abuja that belong to looters and sell them.

Obono-Obla, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution disclosed this on Tuesday when the Say no Campaign, a civil society organization, paid a courtesy call on him in Abuja.

He said that there was need for the government to collaborate with civil society groups in order to search out properties of looters of national treasury.

“I want the houses taken over, that is where CSOs will have to work together with us.

“We have to take over those building and sell them and maybe put the money into education for our children.

“I was appointed to work to galvanise the anti-corruption war. This assignment is a very important one and I will do it well ,’’ he said.

Obono-Obla also said that there was a law known as the Recovery of Public Property special provisions Act which had been in existence for the past 40 years without being implemented by successive regimes.

He said that if that law was used corruption would have been reduced drastically in Nigeria .

He added that the law stated that anyone who lied about their assets would go to prison for 21 years and if they had assets more than their earning their punishment was life imprisonment.

Obono-Obla said that his office was ready to collaborate with civil society groups to fight corruption .

He urged them to submit the names of people who own properties illegally, especially public servants.
“This is because I have been asked to focus on public sector corruption.’’

Obono-Obla said that public sector corruption was the endemic worm adding that bankers could also be investigated including anybody who could not explain the source of his wealth .

He said that the law had been in existence since Sept.30 1979 so anybody who had been in the local, state and federal governments from that period till date could be investigated .

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