The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spent a significant amount of time questioning Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, yesterday on the transfer of N585 million into a private account. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
The team supporting former vice president Atiku Abubakar expressed concerns about President Bola Tinubu’s administration weaponizing Nigerians’ growing poverty and cautioned the federal government against just suspending Dr. Betta Edu on the same day.
According to sources, Edu who had been suspended by President Bola Tinubu arrived at the EFCC headquarters at 11 a.m. and was scheduled to leave at 11 p.m.
Along with Edu, the EFCC visited the commission to question her about the financial scandal in the ministry. Sadiya Umar-Farouq, her predecessor, and Halima Shehu, the fired CEO of the National Social Intervention Programme Agency (NSIPA), were also present.
The Atiku aide underlined the need for government reform in the areas of the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry and other interventionist initiatives that have become profitable enterprises for the ruling class.
He emphasised that the evidence supporting the need for an urgent overhaul of the ministry comes from the ongoing investigation into the N37 billion fraud committed by the former Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
He declared, “Farouq kept up the school feeding programme even during the COVID-19 lockdown. Since schools were closed, she absurdly asserted that the food would be delivered to the students’ homes.”
He continued, saying that over three million households received N20,000 each during the Yuletide, according to Betta Edu’s current claims. Sadly, there is no proof that millions of Nigerians have received this kind of money. This demonstrates that money has only been leaving people’s pockets.”
“The scandal we are facing has nothing to do with Betta Edu, Halima Shehu, or any other rogue element rather, it has to do with a systemic corruption issue that the All Progressives Congress is using to drain the nation’s coffers while, ironically, asphyxiating the poor and vulnerable citizens under the pretence of helping them.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>