N585Million Dirty Deal: EFCC Grills Betta Edu, Releases Sadiya Umar Farouk

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News Investigators/ Suspended Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Minister, Betta Edu on Tuesday appeared for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged N585 million fraud in her ministry.

Mrs Edu who was suspended Monday by President Bola Tinubu is facing multiple allegations of financial malpractices.

Specifically, the suspended minister allegedly diverted the N585 million meant for payment of grants to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Cross River and Ogun states.

Mrs Edu’s grilling by the anti-graft commission is coming heels of interrogation of her predecessor in office, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who submitted herself to the EFCC over alleged fraud of N37.17 billion under her watch on Monday.

Mrs Umar Farouk was released by the anti-graft agency Tuesday after questioning.

The latest N585 million scandal blew open when the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, received a request from the Humanitarian Ministry that the said sum be paid into a private account. But the Accountant General refused to act on it as it contravened extant financial regulations.

Mr. Tinubu, who seems uncompromising on the fulfillment of his Renewed Hope Agenda, put the Humanitarian Ministry under spotlight last week when he suspended Ms. Halima Shehu, National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) from office.

Halima Shehu’s suspension was connected to the alleged movement of N44 billion from the agency’s account into some suspicious accounts in the last four days of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration in December 2023.

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