Oyo-Ita Back at Work as Buhari Rejects Retirement Letter

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 22 – Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has returned to work after President Muhammadu Buhari rejected her request for early retirement.

Oyo-Ita returned to her desk on Thursday after participating in the swearing-in ceremony of ministers on Wednesday.

The HoS had sent in her letter on Sunday following pressure from her family.

“She was asked to remain in the office pending the completion of the investigation on her matter,” according to a media source. 

Oyo-Ita has been out of the public glare since the news of her N3bn contract scandal broke. 

She however put up an appearance at the swearing in of new ministers on Wednesday. During the ceremony, Oyo-Ita sat close to the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari. 

She had earlier visited the Chief of Staff in his office She was absent at the Presidential retreat for ministers designate held between Monday and Tuesday, even when she was one of the resource persons. 

Oyo-Ita is being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N3bn contract scam. It was gathered that her retirement was not accepted by the presidency. 

Oyo-Ita was quizzed for four days beginning from August 8 and kept in EFCC custody.

She was interrogated over abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and stealing of government funds.

EFCC said the N3 billion linked personally to Oyo-Ita allegedly came in through proxy companies.

The money was discovered during a probe of a former minister under who she served as permanent secretary.

Oyo-Ita has denied culpability in the alleged scam.

The embattled Oyo-Ita was absent on Monday and Tuesday at the presidential retreat for ministers-designate, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries held at the state house conference centre in Abuja.

But when contacted, a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said: “Our position in the Villa hasn’t changed. We, I mean the right office to deal with matters like that hasn’t received any letter of resignation of the sort people are talking about.”

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