Ogunyemi fell out with the Ambassador in an apparent power struggle. At a meeting of officers presided over by Ambassador Hinna on September 16, 2020, the agenda of the meeting hadn’t even been laid out when Ogunyemi leapt up to confront the Ambassador. AfroLife sources at the Ministry, told this publication that Ogunyemi told the Ambassador pointblank that he should stop coming to his office at the Embassy. As if that wasn’t enough, he directed that Mr Hinna should vacate the residence with immediate effect.
Some officers at the meeting were said to have been miffed at the audacity with which Ogunyemi dressed down the Ambassador. Ogunyemi was said to have underlined the seriousness of his confrontation by telling the Ambassador that everything necessary for his passage back to Nigeria, including finance, had arrived from Nigeria. But AfroLife checks revealed that Ogunyemi’s claim was far from the truth. For instance as at the date of the meeting money for the Ambassador’s “passage” hadn’t arrived from Abuja.
When AfroLife Assistant Editor reached out to Ogunyemi for his own side of the story, he denied there was any altercation directed at the Ambassador. He told this publication when a meeting is going on such as that of September 16th, there were bound to be differing views. He denied categorically there was any act of insubordination at that meeting. He confirmed to AfroLife that his recall letter had arrived and that he was willing to move at any time.
AfroLife learnt that the Ministry of External Affairs is not happy at what transpired at that meeting and regretted what had happened. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyema, directed that Ogunyemi winds up on his stay in Italy and return to headquarters immediately.
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