Latest Updates on Suspended Minister Betta Edu, Predecessor Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and Controversy Surrounding Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

Latest Updates on Suspended Minister Betta Edu, Predecessor Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and Controversy Surrounding Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

Presidential Response to Calls for Suspension

As the controversy surrounding the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation persists, this update provides the latest developments involving suspended Minister Betta Edu, her predecessor Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and others entangled in the scandal.

In response to widespread calls from Nigerians and opposition parties urging the suspension of Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Presidency has reacted.

The minister, co-founder of New Planet Projects, faced allegations of benefiting from a reported N438 million contract awarded by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Interior Minister Denies Wrongdoing

Denying any wrongdoing, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo asserted that he had ceased to be a director of New Planet Projects in 2019.

A leaked document had exposed the firm’s receipt of the funds as payment for “consultancy fees” from the beleaguered humanitarian ministry.

Code of Conduct Bureau Investigation Confirmed

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has confirmed inviting Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo to its headquarters in Abuja for an investigation into the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

The CCB’s Director of Investigation and Monitoring, Gwimi S.P., signed the letter, stating that Tunji-Ojo is expected to appear on Tuesday.

President Tinubu Approves N3 Billion for Social Register Verification

President Bola Tinubu has approved the release of N3 billion for the verification of the National Social Register, created under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The funds, sourced from the COVID-19 palliative fund, aim to scrutinize the social register utilized for cash transfers and various social investment programs.

Investigation Launched into Ministry Activities

Speaking with The Punch, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, confirmed that an investigation has commenced into the activities of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The unfolding events shed light on the complexities surrounding the ministry and its associated figures.

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