President Muhammadu Buhari has cleared three Permanent Secretaries: Mrs. Ibukun Abimbola Odusote, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele and Mrs. Fatima Binta Bamidele of allegation of fraud against them.
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The trio came under scrutiny and investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds in their respective ministries in 2015 at the commencement of Buhari’s administration and had been on suspension.
In a turn of event, the Director, Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Lawrence Ojabo, in a statement on Friday said the embattled permanent secretaries have been cleared of alleged wrong doings on account of inability to prove allegation levelled against them.
Ojabo added that they have been reabsorbed into the service based on the recommendations of the Federal Service Management Committee and that of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
He said, “The President also noted that Mrs. Fatima Bamidele recently retired from the Service upon the attainment of the mandatory age of 60 years and wished her well in retirement. He however stated, that the careers of the remaining two Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. Ibukun Abimbola Odusote, and Mrs. Nkechi Ejele must not be terminated on account of unproven allegation until they are due for retirement.
“In his magnanimity and compassion, Mr. President’s directive has now brought to closure the uncertainties surrounding the careers of the permanent secretaries.
“The Presidential clean bill for the top civil servants is a further demonstration of the Federal Government’s determination to ensure that no government employee is unduly victimized on account of frivolous allegations and petitions.”