“Withdraw the Panel of Inquiry and Unsuspend Hadiza Bala Usman” – Northerners order Buhari

“Withdraw the Panel of Inquiry and Unsuspend Hadiza Bala Usman” – Northerners order Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been ordered by northerners under the aegis of Concerned Northern Forum to withdraw the administrative panel of inquiry which was constituted by the supervising ministry and unsuspend Dr. Hadiza Bala Usman.

According to the forum, the suspension of the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority is a clear violation of the principle of fair hearing.

This was stated in a media briefing in Kaduna yesterday through its chairman and spokesperson, Mohammed Salihu Danlami and Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, the group wondered why Hadiza Usman should be suspended without a chance to defend herself and atleast a query.

Daily Trust reported that the Forum expressed dismay over what it called a grand plan to witch hunt Hajiya Hadiza “as seen in the manner she has been accused of one purported offence to another in a desperate attempt to tarnish her image.’’

They asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the administrative panel of inquiry constituted by the supervising ministry and subsequently conduct any investigation on the managing director of the NPA through the rule of law to uphold the principle of fair hearing, justice and equity.

On May 6, President Buhari directed Usman to step aside to give room for investigation following the recommendation of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

The Forum, however, argued that Usman was suspended without a query nor given an opportunity to defend herself, which they said was in disregard for disciplinary procedure as enshrined in public service rules.

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