CHECKPOINTCHARLEY has been authoritatively informed by a source at the Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended NPA boss, Hadiza Bala Usman and replaced her with Mohammed Bashir Koko.
Mr. Mohammed Koko, it is gathered, is taking over in acting capacity. Before now, Koko was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at the agency.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY was told by the source, who did not want his name in print, that her sack was the aftermath of a power tussle at the seat of power between the Chief of Staff to the president on the one and what he called the cabals.
He called it “the war of the Roses” to see who is really in charge.
Her sack was later confirmed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement on Thursday night.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,” the statement said.
“The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman step aside while the investigation is carried out, while Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.
“The panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry and the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary.
“Other members of the panel will be appointed by the Minister.”
Usman was first appointed as the Managing Director of the NPA in 2016.
President Buhari had in January reappointed Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, for another five years.
A school of thought had seen her reappointment as illegal and some lawyers had dragged the presidency to court.
Hadiza Bala Usman was one of the co-founders of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, and also a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
She was the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State from 2015 to 2016.