This Day (Lagos)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: Wada's Commissioner in Forgery Scandal

Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Hajia Hadiza Onotu, is facing an alleged forgery scandal.

THISDAY sources revealed that while compiling names for his cabinet, Governor Idris Wada had received a letter purportedly written by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, introducing Onotu as his candidate, which led to her appointment into the cabinet.

The governor was, however, shocked recently when he was told by the Vice-President in one of the National Council of State meetings in Abuja, that he did not send any letter to Wada to appoint the Kaduna-based lawyer for any cabinet position.

This, according to the source, embarrassed the governor, who promptly invited the embattled commissioner for a chat in his office, immediately he arrived in Lokoja.

The commissioner who could not hold her tears broke down and started confessing that the letter was actually forged by a friend of hers working in the presidency, with close ties to the office of the Vice-President.

Our source further stated that the governor was almost set to sack the embattled lawyer immediately but was persuaded by one of his aides who is often termed as a member of his kitchen cabinet, advising him against the move.

It was gathered that the commissioner since the incident broke, had been sidelined by the governor, thereby rendering her redundant.

On her part, Onotu is alleged to be living in fear, as the governor is said to have lost confidence in her and it's only a matter of time before she is removed.

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