Winifred Oyo-Ita, the head of service of the federation, has offered to immediately proceed on retirement in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, TheCable reports.
Oyo-Ita had been under pressure to retire after news reports emerged that she was being probed over an alleged N3 billion contract scam.
Although she has vehemently denied involvement in any scam, she bowed to the pressures and sent in a letter at the weekend offering to proceed on retirement.
“Mrs Oyo-Ita has sent in her letter of retirement,” a family member, who asked not to be named, told TheCable.
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.
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.
There are reports she made the move after falling out with the president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, but the EFCC said the petition against her was written in 2014 when President Goodluck Jonathan was still in office.
TheCable, however, reports that Oyo-Ita was not the subject of the probe.
Taminu Turaki, former minster of special duties, was being investigated by the EFCC after he stood as surety to Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, in a case of alleged money laundering.
It was in the process that the EFCC stumbled on a petition against Oyo-Ita, dating to her time as permanent secretary under Turaki.