Civil Service Commission boss converts office to detention centre

Mrs. Joan Ayo
The Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, Mrs. Joan Ayo, has allegedly converted a cubicle into a detention centre inside the commission’s  building at Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

Investigations by our correspondents indicated that no fewer than four members of staff of the commission had been detained inside the facility for hours on the orders of Ayo over some alleged infractions.

The detention centre, which has two chairs, two tables and an air conditioner, is on the second floor of the civil service building. It is located opposite room 211 and made of aluminium and tinted glasses.

Checks by Saturday PUNCH revealed that three clerical staff members (names withheld) were detained a few weeks ago for allegedly delaying the verification process of letters for new employees.

It was learnt that some of the new employees were from highly placed people from the State House and some ministries.

It was learnt that the chairman had directed her security details to summon the personnel of the Director of Recruitment and Appointment to her office in respect of a list of 22 newly appointed officers forwarded to the office for authentication.

The chairman was said to have ordered the detention of the three clerical staff members while she sent a senior official to get the schedule officer (name withheld), who was directed to ensure an immediate conclusion of the exercise.

Findings showed that the first person who was detained was a secretary in the office of the commissioner representing Lagos and Ogun states in the commission, Mr. R.B. Tinubu.

The female secretary was said to have been speaking loudly when the chairman was passing on the corridor and she reportedly resisted entreaties to keep quiet.

The chairman was said to have overheard the reaction of the secretary, who sought to know when it became an offence for somebody to talk when the chairman was passing through the corridor. The chairman consequently directed her detention in the facility.

It was learnt that it took the intervention of a commissioner to secure the release of the secretary.
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