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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Foreign Affairs PermSec accused of serial sexual abuse of female employees

Foreign Affairs PermSec accused of serial sexual abuse of fe

Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Yusuf Tuggar in an official statement, reported a case of sexual harassment by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa, to the office of the head of service

Tuggar in a letter dated May 27, 2024 wrote to the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, officially complaining about allegations of sexual harassment against the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa. 

 A married employee of the ministry, Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, in a petition disclosed the excesses of the permanent secretary to Ambassador Tuggar, through her lawyer, Femi Falana,SAN, and urged the minister to investigate the permanent secretary.

She asked that disciplinary actions should be taken against Lamuwa to serve as a deterrent to others. 

The petition dated May 29, 2024 and titled: "Request For An Investigation Of Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa's Conducts Of Sexual Harassment At The Place Of Work, Abuse Of Office Official Intimidation And Discrimination," was signed by Adebayo A. Oniyelu LP for Falana & Falana's. 

Narrating how the Permanent Secretary has been harassing her, the counsel reminded the minister that he had intervened in the past and was assured that such atrocity and bizarre act would not happen again yet, in May, he (Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa) resumed his sexual molestation, a development that has created an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment for their client and other workers in the ministry. 

The petition partly read: "Our attention has been drawn to the bizarre and continuous incidents of sexual harassment, intimidation, oppression, discrimination and conduct likely to breach the public peace within your esteemed Ministry by Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa. Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa's conduct has created an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment for our client and other staff within your Ministry due to the disturbing experiences and ordeals from the Permanent Secretary."

"Upon her unfortunate predicament with the Permanent Secretary, the Honourable Minister assured our client of a change of behavior as he had confronted him.

"Sometime in May 2024, our client went to Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa's office under the Honourable Minister's instruction at about 3:20 pm to inform the Permanent Secretary to contact his counterpart in the Ministry of Defence for the reports needed for the upcoming US trip.

"Upon arriving at the Permanent Secretary's office, our client was informed that he was in his inner room. In her desperate attempt to avoid getting molested, our client returned to her office and interestingly, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa demanded that she return to his office at about 3:41pm on the same day.

"As instructed, our client immediately returned to see the Permanent Secretary. On arriving at the Permanent Secretary's office, he commented that our client had not been to his office since February because she had grudges against him. He then offered our client to drink tea from his cup whilst forcefully putting his arms around our client's and referring to her as a "stubborn woman".

"Our client again hurriedly left the Permanent Secretary's office for fear of being molested after repeated demands of a tight hug from him as he had missed seeing her.

"It is pertinent to state that a discreet investigation conducted by our client revealed that more women are with unadorned allegations against the Permanent Secretary, particularly female directors who were almost raped in the hotel rooms and female foreign service officers who have been harassed, threatened and removed from trips, postings and other privileges because they declined to comply with Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa's uncontrolled sexual urges.

"Given the above-stated facts, the Honourable Minister would agree with us that sexual harassment, intimidation, oppression, discrimination and abuse of office in any form are unacceptable. They violate your Ministry's policies as well as ethical standards. It includes but is not limited to unwanted advances, inappropriate comments, and any behaviour that creates a hostile work environment.

"In the circumstances, we humbly request you to use your revered office to cause a detailed investigation to be carried out into the facts presented in this petition against Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa and if found liable, appropriate disciplinary actions should be meted against him as this will serve as a deterrent against future reoccurrence of such infractions

 

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