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Tinubu dismisses BPE, FCCPC heads

President Bola Tinubu on Monday sacked the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mrs Babatunde Irukera, and the Director-General/CEO of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr Alexander Okoh, with immediate effect.

A statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed that Monday’s dismissals are “in conformity with plans to restructure and reposition critical agencies of the Federal Government towards protecting the rights of Nigerian consumers and providing a strong basis for enhanced contributions to the nation’s economy by key growth-enabling institutions.”

The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu dismisses two chief executive officers.’

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Irekura and Okoh’s sacking comes just hours after the President suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, over widespread anger emanating from an alleged misappropriation of N585m.

Ngelale noted that the “two dismissed Chief Executives are directed to hand over to the next most senior officer in their respective agencies, pending the appointment of new Chief Executive Officers.”

At the time of this report, the President’s spokesperson, Ngelale, could not be reached for comments as to the reasons for their sack.

Freelanews reports that the dismissed FCCPC CEO, Irukera, worked at the law firm of former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SimmonsCoopers Partners.

Osinbajo contested against Tinubu for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress ahead of last year’s general elections, a move that Tinubu’s men termed as betrayal.

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