The permanent secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, Danjuma Sheni, has been suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan, Cable reports.
Jonathan ordered the suspension over the controversial recall of Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa.
The recall, following attacks on foreigners, had generated a scathing response from the South African authorities which in turn taunted Jonathan over the Chibok schoolgirls.
According to sources, Sheni’s offence was that he did not get clearance from the president before inviting the country’s charge d’Affairs in South Africa for consultation.
A new permanent secretary has been redeployed to the ministry to replace him.