A source disclosed on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman.

It was not clear what necessitated the suspension of the NPA boss who was reappointed in January this year. It was however learnt that a panel of enquiry which is expected to begin its work on Monday had been constituted to look into the matter that prompted her suspension, as well as other concerns.

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Senior staff members of the Federal Ministry of Transportation confirmed the development but insisted that there was no official statement on the matter yet.

All efforts to reach Eric Ojiekwe, the spokesman of the ministry for comments on the development proved abortive as he did not answer calls when contacted on Thursday night.

It would be recalled that Bala-Usman was first appointed as the managing director of the NPA in 2016 and was reappointed in January this year for another five years.

The suspended NPA boss led her organisation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Bureau of Statistics and the Nigerian Ports Authority on Wednesday, to commence the production of statistical information and data analytics on port related activities.