JUST IN: Buhari sacks NSITF director Michael Akabogu

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Michael Akabogu as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

The reason for the development was yet to be made public but it was learnt that his sack was not unconnected with alleged forgery of his National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Discharge Certificate.

In the internal memo signed by the Executive Director of Operations of the agency, Gabriel Iwelunmor, Barr. (Mrs.) Maureen Allagoa has been directed to take charge of the affairs of the Fund.

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The memo reads partly; “I am directed to inform you that Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari in the exercise of his powers under Section 8 of the NSITF Act has directed the removal from office of Dr. Michael Akabogu as the Managing Director/CE of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) with effect from Friday, 3rd February 2023.

“Subsequently, the Executive Director Administration of the Fund – Barr. (Mrs.) Maureen Allagoa has been directed to take charge of the affairs of the Fund.

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“Furthermore, this information should be communicated to the staff of your various Departments/Units, Regions and Branches.”

A whistleblower had in 2022 petitioned the police, alleging that the sacked NSITF boss was parading a fake NYSC Discharge Certificate with Number: A030544.

The police subsequently invited Akabogu for questioning after the authority of NYSC denied issuing the fake NYSC discharge certificate.

He had claimed he was mobilised for the compulsory one-year Service, vide NO. OG/ FUTO/ 91/23402 for the first Batch from the 4th of October 1991 to the 3rd of October, 1992.

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