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INTIMIDATION: ICPC probes civil servant who accused perm sec of sexual harassment


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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has invited Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, an employee of the federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for interrogation over a probe into alleged graft.

Ajayi made news last week after she accused Mr Ibrahim Lamuwa, the permanent secretary of the ministry of sexual harassment.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, had written a letter to the Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, informing her about the “persisting” allegations of sexual harassment against Lamuwa.

In a letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he felt it was necessary to write Esan following the “gravity of the matter”.

Ajayi, through her lawyer, Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had informed Tuggar of Lamuwa’s alleged sexual advances.

Though, Lamuwa has since denied the allegation, claiming that he turned down Ajayi’s request to pay her bills during an overseas trip.

However, in a letter of invitation dated June 11 addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, the anti-graft agency said it is “investigating an alleged violation of provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and it has become imperative to have recourse to your office”.

“In view of the above, pursuant to section 28 and 40 of the said Act, you are kindly requested to release and direct Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi of the ministry to appear for an interview before the undersigned at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja, on Friday 14th June, 2024 at 1100 hours,” the letter reads in part.

The letter, which was signed by S. Yahaya, acting director of information at the ICPC, did not give details of the violated act for which Ajayi was invited.

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