The Registrar of National Examinations Council, Prof Charles Uwakwe, has been suspended over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Also suspended are two deputy directors in charge of finance and procurement, respectively, in the council.
Rumour had made the rounds that the three top officials of the council had been sacked, but a competent source in the council disclosed to Punch that the men were on suspension.
According to the source, they are on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation of an allegation of misappropriation of funds against them.
The source said that the officials were suspended for allegedly awarding contracts to the tune of N25 billion without following due process.
They were said not to have sought approval from Ministry of Education, the supervisory ministry or from the Governing Board of the council.
Uwakwe was also alleged to be involved in recruitment in the council without following due process.