ANTI-GRAFT AGENCY, EFCC SEIZES PASSPORTS OF BETTA EDU, SADIYA FAROUQ
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on January 10, 2024
The suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja for questioning. Edu faces allegations of fraudulent diversion of N585 million in public funds meant for vulnerable groups.
This development comes just days after her dramatic suspension by President Bola Tinubu on Monday. The suspension ignited public outrage over the scandal, which reportedly involved channeling N585 million intended for grant payments in four states (Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Cross River, and Ogun) into a private individual’s account.
Her arrival at the EFCC marks a historic moment, making Edu the first minister to face such scrutiny since the current Federal Executive Council’s inauguration in August 2023. Sources report that President Tinubu’s decision stemmed from the intense public pressure arising from the alleged misappropriation.
While investigations are ongoing, further details and updates are expected to emerge shorty.