Betta Edu To Report At EFCC Tuesday

Suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu

Baring unforeseen circumstances suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, will report at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Jabi, Abuja on Tuesday, January 9.

President Bola Tinubu on Monday suspended Edu over alleged N585m scandal.

Her suspension according to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale on Monday, is in line with Tinubu’s “avowed commitment to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in the management of the commonwealth of Nigerians”.

The President also directed the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions involving the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, as well as one or more agencies thereunder.

“The suspended Minister is hereby directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and she is further directed by the President to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities as they conduct their investigation”, the statement read.

Monday evening, a reliable source at the anti-graft agency told newsmen, that the embattled minister was invited by the anti-graft agency in compliance with  Tinubu’s order that a comprehensive investigation encompassing her activities in the ministry be carried out.

Edu’s predecessor, Sadiya Farouq, is still being questioned by EFCC interrogators as of 6.40 pm on Monday, over allegations that she laundered N37.1 billion while serving as a minister in former President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

Farouq had announced Monday morning that she made herself available to EFCC on her own behest.

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