DIA Set To Evict Retired Officer


Authorities of the Defence Intelligent Agency, DIA, may soon eject one of their retired intelligence officers from her official quarters in Ebutte Metta, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

 P.M.NEWS learnt from reliable sources at the DIA Headquarters in Abuja that Brig. General E.S. Ibokette, in his letter dated 1 June, 2011 on behalf of Major General B.M. Monguno, Chief of Defence Intelligence, ordered Mrs. Carolyin Nleme, an intelligence officer serving at the Lagos Annex of DIA, to proceed on compulsory retirement.

According to our sources, Nleme, who was employed in 1989, received more than five queries, three warning letters and two displeasure letters, was officially retired on 1 June this year following allegations of indiscipline.

Checks by P.M.NEWS revealed that between 1989 and this year, the retired officer received five queries, three warning letters and two displeasure letters.

Her retirement letter dated 1 June with Ref No DIA623A signed by Brigadier Genegal E.S. Ibokette stated that she was accused of lacking discipline when she went for her PhD progamme at the University of Port Harcourt as well as in service promotion courses organised by the agency.

Nleme in a telephone chat with our reporter, confirmed that she was retired and her identification card collected based on allegations of indiscipline, which she denied.

According to her, “I have not committed any crime to warrant retirement and the determination of DIA to throw me out of my official quarters at Block 58, Flat 1 LSDPC Estate Ebute Metta, Lagos, even as the court has served the agency notice about the commencement of sitting on the matter tomorrow.

When contacted on the issue, Lt Col. Abubakar Idris, officer in charge of the Lagos office of DIA, refused to comment on the issue which he said he is aware of.

Idris, who is the direct boss of the retired intelligence officer, however, said our reporter should come over to his office at Bonny Camp in the evening during the week, since he is going to be very busy today.

—Emmanuel Udom

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