The last has not been heard about the shocking suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
This comes as further details have emerged on the development.
Usman, a former Chief of Staff to Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was first appointed in 2016 following the sack of Habib Abdullahi whose second term was terminated by President Buhari few months after assuming office.
Usman who only got confirmation of the renewal of her five-year second term tenure in January was, just few months in office when she was axed by the president.
Sources at the Ministry of Transportation which supervises NPA hinted that the relationship between the Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and Usman had gone sour in recent times.
In a letter directed to President Buhari on 4th March 2021, Amaechi sought presidential approval that the account and remittances of the NPA (from 2016 – 2020) that Usman took over be audited to account for gross short fall of remitted public funds.
President Buhari on March 17, approvedthe request, urging the minister to carry on with the audit.
Source at the Transportation Ministry, who confirmed Usman’s suspension on Thursday, said:
Yes, the MD was suspended earlier on Thursday but the minister will give full details on Friday.
The minister and some members of staff of the ministry are presently in Jos for a programme and he is scheduled to brief the press on the issue.
No reason was given for her suspension but I can confirm to you that she has been suspended.
Meanwhile, the president has since appointed the Director of Finance, Mohammed Koko, as acting MD while investigations into some activities of the suspended MD is ongoing.