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‘Only Defence Ministry can sanction CPU’

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA — The Nigerian Air Force said yesterday that it has no authority to order the Civilian Personnel Unit (CPU) of the Ministry of Defence, located inside its base at the Logistic Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, to vacate the premises as the unit’s presence in the base was made possible by the Ministry of Defence.

Air Officer in charge of Administration at NAF Headquarters, Abuja, Air Vice Marshal Dick Irunabere, who made the disclosure while speaking on allegation of fraudulent practices against some officials of the CPU with office inside the base, said if the allegation of fraud was established against the officials, only its parent body, Ministry of Defence had the authority to sanction them, not the Air Force.

AVM Irunabere had been asked why the NAF Headquarters has continued to tolerate the activities of the Civilian Personnel Unit of the MOD in its base when the activities of some of its top officials allegedly smacked of fraudulent practices.

He explained that though CPU is located within the base, its activities were entirely different from that of the NAF, adding: “The Civilian Personnel Unit is an autonomous entity with no link whatsoever with the Nigerian Air Force Pay and Accounting Group or any of its organisation.

“The CPU is charged with the payment of salaries, recruitment and promotions of civilian employees of the Ministry of Defence resident in the South-West Zone and not of the NAF personnel. The CPU is only a tenant of the Nigerian Air Force base being an arm of the MOD,” he said.


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