N3b Fraud Allegation: Head Of Service Of The Federation Gets 72-hour Ultimatum To Resign
Following the ongoing investigation of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation - Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N3 billion contract scam, abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering, and others, a Civil Society Organisation is now calling for her resignation.
The Civil Society Organisation (CSO), known as Independent Public Service Watch (IPSW), has called for her resignation within 72 hours or face a massive protest against her continued stay in office despite the allegation of N3 billion fraud leveled against her.
The CSO in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its Executive Secretary, Mr Okpanachi Jacob, vowed to commence nationwide protest against her if she fails to resign within 72 hours.
The group said it would henceforth take legal action against the likes of Oyo-Ita to ensure that public servants facing corruption trial vacate their seats pending the outcome of their investigation.
“As stakeholders in the Nigeria project, we shall henceforth go all out including seeking legal means to ensure that public servants being investigated and those facing corruption trial vacate their seats pending the outcome of their investigation and trial
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“We hereby issue a 72- hour ultimatum to Mrs Oyo-Ita to resign from office barring which we shall massively mobilise our civil society partners to picket wherever Oyo-Ita is.”
Jacob stressed that Oyo-Ita ought to have resigned her position pending the outcome of investigation, as all efforts to reform the civil service would amount to nothing if she remained in office with the level of allegation against her.
He wondered why public servants facing investigation for corruption in the country still find it convenient to remain in office.
“It is worrisome and unacceptable that the Head of Civil Service of the Federation that is central to the fight against corruption is involved in corrupt practices."
“There is no way the service can be reformed when its head is enmeshed with series of allegations of corruption."
“More painful is the fact that a single Nigerian and a woman of Oyo-Ita’s calibre who by all means looks very pious, will be in custody of such mind numbing sum of money in the midst of the abject poverty faced by civil servants and Nigerians in general."
“Preliminary findings by the anti-corruption agency confirmed that about N3 billion has been traced to the Head of Service which came in through proxy companies."
“Also, about N600 million has been traced to the account of one of her key aides who has been unable to give any justifiable explanation for it,” Jacob said.