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Shocking as ‘retired’ Senate clerk disobeys orders, sits in the office

To the shock and total disbelieve of members of the chambers, a retired clerk to the senate, Ibrahim el-Ladan, continued official duties at the plenary on Tuesday.

el-Ladan, who was relieved of his job by the National Assembly Service Commission last week, was allowed by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to sit at the table and continue the work of a clerk.

The NASC had retired el-Ladan and two permanent secretaries, Anthony Adebanjo and Michael Opara, over alleged forgery of documents and age falsification.

Adebanjo and el-Ladan were ordered by the Commission to proceed on retirement with immediate effect, while Okpara was asked to retire in six months.

The NASC had also gone ahead to appoint Mrs Isabella Iloba as acting Clerk to the Senate, to take over from el-Ladan.

The Executive Chairman of the NASC, Ahmed Amshi, convey the message in a letter dated February 9, 2022, with Reference Number NASC/PF/69/184, titled ‘Retirement from Service,’ and addressed to el-Ladan, a copy of which our correspondent sighted on Tuesday.

It partly read, “The Commission at its 547th meeting held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, has approved your retirement from service with effect from February 9, 2022.

“The commission wishes to acknowledge your immense contribution to the growth and development of the National Assembly Service.

“As you proceed on retirement, please hand over your office and other government property in your possession to the Deputy Clerk, Senate (Legislative), Ilobah Ugochi.”

However, el-Ladan carried on with official duties in the chamber on Tuesday without any form of restriction.

The Director of Information, NASC, Mrs Janet Mambula, could not be reached for comments as of press time on Tuesday.

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