The Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has been asked by the presidency to put her early retirement plans on hold.
This was revealed by a source at the presidency who spoke to Daily Trust, telling the paper that she was asked to stay in office pending the conclusion of investigation.
“She was asked to remain in the office pending the completion of the investigation on her matter,” one of the sources said.
Oyo-Ita has been out of the public glare since the news of her N3bn contract scandal broke.
She, however, put up an appearance at the swearing-in of new ministers yesterday, where she sat close to the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.
It is understood that she had earlier visited the Chief of Staff in his office, though she was absent at the Presidential retreat for ministers designate held between Monday and Tuesday.
Oyo-Ita is being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N3bn contract scam.
It was gathered that her retirement was not accepted by the presidency. But when contacted, a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said:
“Our position in the Villa hasn’t changed. We, I mean the right office to deal with matters like that hasn’t received any letter of resignation of the sort people are talking about.”