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The list of the 35 aides of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, reportedly sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, has emerged.

Recall that on Wednesday, DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively reported that Mr Buhari had approved the sack of at least 35 out of over 80 aides in the office of vice president.

This newspaper gathered that the affected aides, who were issued appointment letters in August, included some Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Personal Assistants and Technical Assistants.

Credible sources who preferred anonymity said the aides may be formally issued their sack letters on Wednesday.

Preparatory to their eventual dismissal, DAILY NIGERIAN learnt, the aides were posted out to some line ministries relevant to their designation last month.

The move was allegedly targeted at denying them access to the Villa and reducing the influence of the vice president.

“Although more than half of the aides are under the payroll of donor agencies, the cabal eased them out in order to whittle down the influence of the vice president,” said a source familiar with the development.

“None of them were queried or interdicted for any wrongdoing. It is not about cutting cost, because no aide was sacked in the president’s office nor in the office of the First Lady, where six more aides were appointed less than one month ago. They were just sacked to reduce the VP’s influence,” the source submitted.

Below is the full list of the sacked aides as published by Daily Trust:

  1. Jibola Ajayi – Special Assistant, legal
  2. Lanre Osinbona – Senior Special Assistant, ICT
  3. Imeh Okon – Senior Special Assistant, Infrastructure
  4. Jide Awolowo – Special Assistant, Oil and Gas
  5. Lilian Idiaghe- Special Assistant, Research, Legal and Compliance
  6. Arukino Umukoro – Special Assistant, Niger Delta
  7. Bala Liman Mohammed – Senior Special Assistant, Economy
  8. Edobor Iyamu – Senior Special Assistant, Niger Delta
  9. Dolapo Bright – Senior Special Assistant, Agro Allied Value Chain
  10. Toyosi Onaolapo Special Assistant, Community Engagement
  11. Gambo Manzo – Special Assistant, Political
  12. Bisi Ogungbemi – Special Assistant, Political Matters
  13. Edirin Akemu – Senior Special Assistant, Industry, Trade & Investment
  14. Akin Soetan – Senior Technical Assistant, Economic Matters
  15. Aondaver Kuttuh – Technical Assistant, Rule of Law
  16. Ife Adebayo – Special Assistant, Innovation
  17. Yussuf Ali – Special Assistant, Power Regulations
  18. Tola Asekun – Senior Special Assistant, National Boundary Commission
  19. Morakinyo Beckley – Special Assistant, Off Grid Power
  20. Yosola Akinbi – Senior Special Assistant, NEC
  21. Tochi Nwachukwu – Special Assistant, Power Privatisation
  22. Bode Gbore – Senior Special Assistant, Political
  23. Abdulrahman Baffa Yola – Special Assistant, Political
  24. Kolade Sofola – Special Assistant, Infrastructure
  25. Ebi Awosika – Senior Technical Assistant, Community Engagement
  26. Muyiwa Abiodun – Senior Special Assistant, Power
  27. Forri Samson Banu – Special Assistant, Entrepreneurship
  28. Bege Bala – Special Assistant, BPE
  29. Feyishayo Aina – Senior Special Assistant, Community Engagement
  30. Halima Bawa – Special Assistant, Community Engagement
  31. Nkechi Chukwueke – Special Assistant, Community Engagement
  32. Ilsa Essien – Special Assistant, Media
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