Code of Conduct Bureau Postpones Hearing as Minister Tunji-Ojo Seeks Rescheduling Amidst N438 Million Consultancy Contract Probe

Code of Conduct Bureau Hearing Deferred:

The scheduled appearance of the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, before the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has been postponed, as confirmed by the bureau.

The Minister was expected to face inquiries regarding his association with New Planet Projects Limited and the alleged N438 million consultancy contract awarded by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Background on the Controversy:

The consultancy contract is a focal point in the ongoing investigation into the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

The probe delves into the suspicious spending of N3 billion under the tenure of the now-suspended Minister, Betta Edu.

Official Assignment Causes Rescheduling:

The CCB revealed on Tuesday that Minister Tunji-Ojo had formally communicated, requesting a rescheduling of the hearing.

The Minister cited an official assignment as the reason for the deferment, indicating a clash in his schedule.

Investigation into Code of Conduct Breaches:

The Code of Conduct Bureau’s invitation to the Interior Minister is part of a broader inquiry into potential breaches of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

The investigation aims to scrutinize Tunji-Ojo’s actions and determine if there were any violations of ethical standards.

Minister’s Self-Exoneration and Resignation Claim:

Prior to the scheduled hearing, Tunji-Ojo had distanced himself from any wrongdoing associated with New Planet Projects Limited.

He asserted that he resigned as a director in the company in 2019 when he contested and won election to the House of Representatives.

Controversy Surrounding N438 Million Contract:

The consultancy contract awarded to New Planet Projects Limited has raised eyebrows, prompting questions about transparency and accountability in government spending.

The postponement of the CCB hearing adds another layer of complexity to the unfolding controversy surrounding the Interior Minister’s alleged links to the contract.

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