Head Of Service Oyo-Ita Returns To Work
Head of Service Oyo-Ita is under investigation for alleged N3billion fraud (image courtesy: Jones Bamidele/NAN)

The embattled Head of Service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, returned to her duty on Thursday after President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly rejected her early retirement offer.

Oyo-Ita had last weekend sent in her letter directly to the president following pressure mounted on her to quit the job by her sons.

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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.

She vehemently denied involvement in any scam.

Oyo-Ita had been absent from public functions after the EFCC grilling, but she was present on Wednesday at the swearing-in of ministers after meeting with the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.

According to TheCable, insinuations that she was being victimised did not sit well with Buhari, who eventually turned down her offer to retire.

The online news platform said that Oyo-Ita’s phone did not go through, but one of her associates said she has put the matter behind her and would talk “at the appropriate time”.

Concise News had reported that Oyo-Ita was also interrogated by the EFCC for alleged abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and stealing of government funds.

She was subsequently granted administrative bail after a four-day grilling during which she was in custody of the anti-graft agency beginning from August 8.