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Niger gov ejects deputy from Govt House, claims the Temporary relocation is to allow for renovation

NIGER State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has ejected his deputy, Honourable Ahmed Musa Ibeto, from his office at the Government House.

This was as the governor directed Ibeto to relocate to “F” Layout quarters, a public residential area about 1,500 metres away from the Government House premises.

The relationship of the embattled deputy governor with his boss had been frosty since his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in January.

An aide to the deputy governor, who craved anonymity, in a brief chat with the Nigerian Tribune, confirmed that a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sa’idu Ndako Idris Kpaki, had directed Ibeto to relocate to the new office with immediate effect.

The relocation letter, issued at the weekend, was said to have given the deputy governor until today to relocate to his new office.

According to the source, the deputy governor was asked to relocate because the state government wanted to effect renovation on his former office.

The source added that the new deputy governor’s office was not habitable, as there was no air conditioner, standby generator or provision of potable water, while the room size could not even accommodate furniture.

When contacted, Ibeto told the Nigerian Tribune that he travelled out of Minna and was yet to confirm the authenticity of the letter.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Israel Ebije, dismissed the claim of ejection of the deputy governor, adding that the development was due to general renovation at the Government House.

He said Ibeto was duly informed to relocate, to enable renovation works in his office.

“As you know, renovation works on the protocol department has just been completed and it is the turn of the building of the deputy governor’s office. It is not true that the deputy governor was ejected from his office,” he said.

[Tribune]

 

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