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Sexual harassment rocks Nigeria’s ministry, minister orders probe

 Minster of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar | File Image

Minister: Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly.

By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has instructed the Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, to investigate the sexual harassment allegation against the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa.

A married female employee of the ministry, Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, through Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and her lawyer, wrote to  Tuggar over Lamuwa’s alleged sexual advances.

In a letter to Yemi-Esan dated May 27, 2024, Tuggar stated that it was necessary to write her [Head of Service] following the “gravity of the matter”.

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Tuggar expressed concern over the serious nature of the allegation levelled against the permanent secretary by Mrs Simisola Ajayi.

The minister’s letter: “Re: Official Complaint Regarding Sexual Harassment Of Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi By Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa (Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Foreign Affairs).

“I am compelled to write to inform you of a formal complaint against the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa, on allegations of sexual harassment.

“Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly.”

The minister included an attachment of the complaint received via email, assuring the HOCSF his full cooperation in the investigation.

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