BUHARI FINALLY SACKS HEAD OF SERVICE, OYO-ITA, ANNOUNCES RRPLACEMENT

STABILIZATION OF THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect. Dr. Mrs. Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The President has also approved the extension of the tenure of seven (7)…

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EFCC: ABBA KYARI DID NOT SEND US AFTER WINIFRED OYO-ITA

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has disproved the insinuations that Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, ordered the probe of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita. The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the investigation was based on evidence and not on political considerations. There had been rumours that Oyo-Ita came under probe because of the disagreement she had with Kyari during the Abdulrasheed Maina saga. However, the EFCC said that, as an independent…

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3BIL NAIRA FRAUD: OYO ITA BEGS TO BE GRANTED OPPORTUNITY TO RETIRE WITHOUT DISGRACE

AS the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) steps up investigation into a N3 billion contract scam, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has pleaded that the case against her be stepped down. The number one civil servant is begging that she should be allowed to “retire honourably.” Although she admitted introducing some people to some Permanent Secretaries for assistance, she said she was doing so “without realizing the implication.” She said she does not own proxy companies under any guise and has…

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WINIFRED OYO-ITA’S RETIREMENT REJECTED BY THE PRESIDENCY

By Ismail Mudashir & Abbas Jimoh The Head of Service of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has been asked by the presidency to put her early retirement plans on hold, Daily Trust learnt from impeccable sources yesterday. “She was asked to remain in the office pending the completion of the investigation on her matter,” one of the sources said. 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…

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OYO-ITA MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT MINISTERIAL INAUGURATION

The embattled Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday made a surprise appearance at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Presidency is billed to inaugurate new cabinet today. Oyo-Ita arrived the forecourt of the State House in her official SUV around 9.45am. She had walked straight to the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. She had been absent at the two-day Presidential Retreat for ministers designate, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries held at the old Banquet Hall on Monday and Tuesday. Oyo-Ita,…

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OYO-ITA IS FIT TO UNDERGO FURTHER INTERROGATION

HEAD of the Civil Service of the Federation Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita is medically fit to undergo further interrogation as investigators deepen their probe into a N3 billion contract fraud. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have screened her phone chat and call logs evidence obtained from her suspected collaborators. She was allowed to go for treatment when she took ill during interrogation. Oyo-Ita is being investigated, alongside some companies and some government officials, for alleged N3billion contract scandal. But after more than a week in hospital, there…

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AGAIN, OYO-ITA ABSENT AT RETREAT FOR INCOMING MINISTERS

Winifred Oyo-Ita The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Tuesday shunned her role to present a paper at the 2019 Presidential Retreat at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. She was slated to speak as a resource person on Tuesday, day two of the 2019 Presidential Retreat for ministers designate and top government officials. Based on the retreat programme, Oyo-Ita was to speak on ‘Consolidating Ongoing Reforms in the Public Service’ by 11.10am. But neither did she arrive at the venue when the…

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WHY OYO-ITA OPTED FOR EARLY RETIREMENT

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has opted for early retirement due to pressure from family members, Daily Trust reliably gathered yesterday. Oyo-Ita was recently quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N3bn contract scam among others. A family source told Daily Trust yesterday in Abuja that the embattled Head of Service, 55, caved in to pressure from her children who asked her to quit. According to another source, Oyo-Ita’s argument on the need to see Mr. President to…

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EFCC RECEIVES MORE FACTS ON OYO-ITA’S 3BIL FRAUD CASE, PERM SECS READY TO TESTIFY

Yusuf Alli, Augustine Ehikioya and Franca Ochigbo, Abuja More vouchers on the alleged N3 billion contract scam linked to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, have been retrieved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigators. There were indications last night that Mrs. Oyo-Ita may face trial along with a former minister and some civil servants linked to some phony contracts. It was learnt that she has been under intense pressure to quit through voluntary retirement. Although rumours were rife in…

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PRESIDENCY SPEAKS ON OYO-ITA’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Monday said it was not in possession of any letter by the embattled Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, indicating interest to go on retirement. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a text message sent to our correspondent in response to earlier reports that Oyo-Ita had formally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of her desire to proceed on retirement. “Thanks. We have no such letter here, in the event that such…

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