A former Campaign Director to ex-President Jonathan, Mrs Nenadi Usman and a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Dr Clement Illoh, have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of financial crimes.
Sources at the EFCC said the former Finance Minister, was taken into custody on Thursday for questioning.
She was taken into custody for allegedly receiving 2.5 billion Naira of the four billion Naira taken out of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on the orders of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
It was also gathered that 140 million Naira was allegedly paid into the Zenith Bank account of Mrs Usman, who was also the Director of Finance of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation in January.
Mr Iloh was also arrested for allegedly obtaining a questionable 316 million Naira from public account.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his administration’s commitment to boosting national productivity, by among other things, taking all necessary actions to end incessant strikes by workers in vital sectors of the Nigerian Economy.
At a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Labour, President Buhari said that he was particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in Nigeria’s health sector which had contributed to the fall in the standard of health services available.
The President further directed the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh and Directors in the Ministry to liaise with other stakeholders and quickly work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the national economy.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Dr. Illoh and his staff to make an input to the ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons.
Dr. Illoh had earlier attributed some of the recurrent strikes in Nigeria to the inclination of some government officials to enter into agreements with financial implications without carrying the ministries of finance and labour along.
He said that the Ministry of Labour had introduced a code of conduct for government negotiators, barring them from entering into agreements with financial implications without the consent of the President.
The leadership tussle between the two nominees by the Federal Government to serve as the Director General (DG) of the National Productivity Centre is yet to be laid to rest as both candidates continue to claim leadership of the Agency.
While Dr Faith Robert, a lecturer at the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State claims his appointment was signed by the former Secretary to the State Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Mr Kashim Akor also has his offer letter signed by the former Minister of Labour, Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya.
Both nominees claimed their appointments were approved by former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
The National Productivity Centre is an agency of the Federal Ministry of Labour.
Although both candidates claimed to be in charge of the agency, only Mr Kashim was allowed to the office as Dr Faith was denied access to the office on the day he wanted to resume office.
Trying to investigate the situation, Channels Television confirmed from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Dr. Clement Illoh, via telephone, that he had issued a public notice confirming the appointment of Mr Kashim as the new DG of the Agency.