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Minister lodges complaint against Permanent Secretary for sexually harassing married staff


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Mr Yusuf Tuggar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has formally filed a complaint with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) regarding allegations of sexual harassment against the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa.

In the letter to the HOCSF, Tuggar expressed deep worry over the serious nature of the allegations made by Mrs. Simisola Ajayi against Ambassador Lamuwa.

The letter, titled “Re: Official Complaint Regarding Sexual Harassment Of Mrs. Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi By Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa (Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Foreign Affairs),” stressed the urgency and thoroughness required in addressing the matter.

Tuggar’s letter included an attachment of the complaint received via email and assured the HOCSF of his full cooperation in the investigation.

He said, “May I also assure you that I remain available to provide you with any assistance required in discharging your responsibilities.”

Ambassador Eche Abu-Ode, the spokesman for the Ministry, confirmed the authenticity of the complaint on Tuesday.

Also, when contacted, Ambassador Lamuwa declined to comment, adding that he was in a meeting. He also did not respond to a message sent to his WhatsApp.

Mrs. Ajayi, through her lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), had earlier petitioned Tuggar, accusing the permanent secretary of serial sexual harassment.

The petition called for a thorough investigation into Ambassador Lamuwa’s actions, citing instances of alleged harassment and abuse of office.

However, the seriousness of the allegations underscores the need for a comprehensive investigation and appropriate action to ensure a safe and conducive working environment for all employees.

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