Reps Summon Perm Sec Accused Of Sexual Harassment

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The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs has invited Ibrahim Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused of sexual harassment.

The PUNCH reported that a few weeks ago, one Simisola Ajayi, through her lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, submitted a petition to the Office of the Head of Service to the Federation, accusing the Permanent Secretary of sexual harassment.

Semisola Ajayi is an aide to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Yusuf Tuggar.

“He (Lamuwa) will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday,” Oke said on Wednesday.

The Head of Service, Folasade Yemi-Esan subsequently suspended Lamuwa pending the outcome of the investigation of the allegation.

Speaking on the matter, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Oluwole Oke said the suspended Permanent Secretary will appear before the Committee on Thursday.

In the petition, Ajayi said Lamuwa approached her on October 7, 2023, during the first retreat to review President Bola Tinubu’s 4D policy, to ask why she did not spend the night at the hotel after the event.

According to the petition, the permanent secretary informed Ajayi that he would want her to come to his room after the event.

She was said to have turned down the invitation, insisting that she was a nursing mother and needed to go home to care for her baby.

On May 27, 2024, Tuggar informed Yemi-Esan of the allegations against the Permanent Secretary.

In June, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission invited Ajayi for questioning over the allegation.

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