Allegations of sexual harassment have surfaced against Mr. Ibrahim Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a letter penned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yusuf Tuggar, and addressed to the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan. Dated May 27th, the letter underscored the seriousness of the issue, urging Yemi-Esan to handle it with due diligence.

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In the missive, Minister Tuggar expressed his willingness to provide any necessary support to facilitate the Head of Service in her duties regarding the matter.

The allegations stem from a petition submitted by Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, a married employee of the ministry, through her legal representative, Femi Falana (SAN). Ajayi detailed instances of harassment by the Permanent Secretary, urging Minister Tuggar to initiate an investigation into the matter.

The petition, 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,” highlighted various encounters where Lamuwa allegedly crossed boundaries.

Despite previous interventions, the harassment allegedly persisted, prompting Ajayi’s plea for intervention from Minister Tuggar. The petition recounted specific incidents, including inappropriate advances during work-related discussions and unwelcome physical contact.

Furthermore, it highlighted a disturbing pattern of behavior affecting multiple female employees within the ministry, suggesting a hostile work environment perpetuated by Lamuwa’s actions.

In light of these serious allegations, Minister Tuggar and the petitioner called for a thorough investigation into Lamuwa’s conduct. They emphasized the need for disciplinary measures if the allegations are substantiated, stressing the importance of upholding ethical standards and ensuring a safe workplace for all employees.

The gravity of the matter necessitates a comprehensive review and appropriate action to address the allegations and ensure accountability. Minister Tuggar’s commitment to providing support underscores the seriousness with which the ministry views such allegations and its determination to uphold a culture of respect and professionalism.




Victoria Ibiama