Pres­i­dency De­nies Sack of Os­in­bajo’s Aides

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Af­ter keep­ing mum for sev­eral hours, the pres­i­dency last night dis­missed as un­true, the list, cir­cu­lat­ing in the me­dia, con­tain­ing the names of 35 aides of Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo pur­port­edly sacked on Tues­day night.

In a tweet last night, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Vice Pres­i­dent on Me­dia, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the list was false.

“A list cir­cu­lat­ing in the me­dia on the so-called sacked pres­i­den­tial aides is not gen­uine and ought to be ig­nored," he tweeted.

There had been un­con­firmed re­ports of the sack of some aides of the vice pres­i­dent yesterday.

The pres­i­dent, who is cur­rently on a two-week pri­vate visit to Lon­don, had al­legedly or­dered the sack with­out any of­fi­cial state­ment.

The names of the al­legedly sacked aides and their des­ig­na­tions cir­cu­lat­ing yesterday are: AJi­bola Ajayi, Spe­cial Ad­viser, Le­gal Affairs; Lanre Os­in­bona, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT); Imeh Okon, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on In­fra­struc­ture; Jide Awolowo, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Oil and Gas; Lil­ian Idi­aghe, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Re­search, Le­gal and Com­pli­ance; Arukino Umukoro, Spe­cial Ad­viser,

Niger Delta; Bala Li­man Mo­hammed, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Econ­omy and Edo­bor Iyamu, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Niger Delta.

Oth­ers were Do­lapo Bright, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Agro Al­lied Value Chain; Toyosi Onao­lapo, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment; Gambo Manzo, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Po­lit­i­cal; Bisi Ogungbemi, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Po­lit­i­cal Mat­ters; Edirin Akemu, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on In­dus­try, Trade & In­vest­ment; Akin Soetan, Se­nior Tech­ni­cal

As­sis­tant on Eco­nomic mat­ters; Aon­daver Kut­tuh, Tech­ni­cal As­sis­tant, Rule of Law; Ife Ade­bayo, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, In­no­va­tion and Yus­suf Ali, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Power Reg­u­la­tions.

Also re­port­edly sacked were Tola Asekun, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Na­tional Bound­ary Com­mis­sion; Mo­rakinyo Beck­ley, Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Off-grid Power; Yosola Ak­inbi, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil (NEC); Tochi Nwachukwu, Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Power

Pri­vati­sa­tion; Bode Gbore, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Po­lit­i­cal; Ab­dul­rah­man Baffa Yola, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Po­lit­i­cal; Ko­lade So­fola, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, In­fra­struc­ture; Ebi Awosika, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment; Muyiwa Abio­dun, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Power; Forri Sam­son Banu, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, En­trepreneur­ship; Bege Bala, Spe­cial As­sis­tant Bureau of Pub­lic En­ter­prises (BPE); Fey­ishayo Aina, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment; Hal­ima Bawa, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment; Nkechi Chuk­wueke, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment and Ilsa Essien, Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Me­dia.

But Akande said yesterday the list was un­true and should be ig­nored.

He also re­acted to the at­tack on Van­guard's pho­to­jour­nal­ist in the Pres­i­den­tial Villa, Mr. Abay­omi Adesida, by the se­cu­rity aides of the vice pres­i­dent, say­ing is­sues bor­der­ing on the at­tack had been re­solved.

Akande, who said he had apol­o­gised to Adesida for the em­bar­rass­ment caused him by the in­ci­dent, added that the ac­tion of the se­cu­rity aides was re­gret­ted.

"The need­less scuf­fle between a villa ac­cred­ited pho­tog­ra­pher, Mr. Abay­omi Adesida, and one of our se­cu­rity aides ear­lier to­day has since been re­solved.

"In­ci­dent is re­gret­ted and I have apol­o­gised to him for any em­bar­rass­ment caused," Akande tweeted.

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