Embattled Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita sends ‘letter of retirement’ to Buhari


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Winifred Oyo-Ita, the embattled Head of Service of the Federation, has tendered her resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting to go on retirement.

Oyo-Ita has been in the news after reports emerged that she was being probed over an alleged N3 billion contract scam.

The Cable quotes a family source that “Mrs Oyo-Ita has sent in her letter of retirement.”

She was absent at the presidential retreat for ministers-designate, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries held at the state house conference centre in Abuja.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently questioned Oyo-Ita over allegations that she used front companies to get contracts when she was a permanent secretary before her appointment as head of service by Buhari in 2015.

The EFCC claimed the petition against her was written in 2014 when President Goodluck Jonathan was still in office.

Oyo-Ita has also denied the allegation, saying the money was meant for the death benefits of staff and was meant to be kept in a designated account for that purpose by the project accountant.

“She denied knowing anything about where the money was kept and said there was no fraud involved, at least not from her end,” the family member said.

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