A British-Nigerian, Fidelia Onoghaife, has been sacked by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs allegedly for her whistle-blowing role at the Dutch Embassy in Nigeria.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES publication, the woman, who worked as senior policy advisor of economic and political affairs at the embassy post in Abuja, appeared in court at The Hague last Wednesday.
It was also gathered that she argued in court that her dismissal is connected to her whistle-blowing report about alleged misconduct of a former Dutch ambassador to Nigeria, Robert Petri.
NRC, a Dutch publication, reports that “she was fired while the ambassador continued to work in the ministry and she thinks that is unfair and that is why she demands compensation.”
The newspaper reports that Ms Onoghaire was alleged to have “spoiled the atmosphere for years with her screams and intimidating behavior,” so she had to leave.
“I don’t even know what I’m accused of,” Ms Onoghaire was quoted to have said. She alleged that her resignation is a repercussion for her 2018 whistleblower report on the ambassador.
She had complained to the ministry that Mr Petri “was not so keen on the rules and leaked secret information to Shell”, which is involved in a major corruption scandal in Nigeria.
Mr Petri was also alleged to have flown on the private jet of the oil company.