Protest erupts as Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ permanent secretary, Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa, is accused of s+xually hara§§ing a married female employee, others

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa has been accused of s+xually hara§§ing a married female staff member of the ministry.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, formally lodged a complaint with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation regarding the allegations against Lamuwa in a letter dated May 27, 2024 and made public on Tuesday, June 11.

In a letter addressed to Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of service of the federation, Tuggar said he felt it necessary to write her following the “gravity of the matter”.

Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, a married female employee of the ministry, through Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and her lawyer, had informed Tuggar of Lamuwa’s alleged s+xual advances.

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

The petition added that the permanent secretary informed Ajayi that he would want her to come to his room after the event but she declined, saying she was a nursing mother and needed to go home to care for her baby.

“Is it a big baby or small baby?” the petition quoted Lamuwa as inquiring, adding that he would like to find out so he can join.

“He, however, continued this line of inappropriate anecdotes throughout the retreat…(continue reading on next slide.)


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