Presidency denies Oyo-Ita’s retirement – Independent Observers

Presidency denies Oyo-Ita’s retirement

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By Danladi Al-Hassan

The Presidency on Monday said it was not in possession of any letter by the embattled Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, indicating interest to go on retirement.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a message to a section of the media in response to earlier reports that Oyo-Ita had formally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of her desire to proceed on retirement, denied such.

The presidential spokesman insisted that the Presidency had not received such communication.

“Thanks. We have no such letter here, in the event that such a letter exists. This is our position,” Shehu wrote.

Mrs Olawunmi Ogunmosule, the Director of Communication at the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has earlier stated that she was not aware of the resignation of Oyo-Ita.

She said that the office that Oyo-Ita occupies is not an ordinary one and resigning from such position cannot be done secretly.

“The Head of Civil Service of the Federation is not an ordinary position. If something like that (resignation) will happen, there will be official communication to me. I have not received such communication and I cannot speak for her family. If I receive as official communication to that effect, there will be a press statement from here to all journalists.”

Mrs Oyo-Ita is currently in the eye of the storm after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reportedly questioned her over an alleged N3bn bribery, duty tour allowance falsification and fraud case.

She was on Monday conspicuously absent at the opening of the two-day presidential retreat organised for ministers-designate at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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