Voice of America (VOA) has fired or proposed the removal of 15 staff members of its Hausa Service over what the broadcast station described as “improper payments.”
Amanda Bennett, director of VOA, announced to VOA staff of the move to let the erring ones go in an agency-wide email. She wrote:
She said the termination was a result of “allegations of improper conduct by members of the service, which involved accepting improper payments from an official in the coverage area.”
However, Masari’s media aide Labaran Sa’id refuted the allegatio
“As far as we are concerned, it was not Governor Masari, because none of those involved mentioned that Governor Masari gave them money, that is my position. It couldn’t have been Governor Masari because it was a confession from them. They said a governor from North-West, so it could be any of the seven governors from the North-West. This is my position. Nobody mentioned Masari for sure,” he said.