President Tinubu Suspends Minister and Orders Probe Into Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs’ Financial Transactions

Tinubu’s Directive to EFCC

President Bola Tinubu issued a directive to Ola Olukoyede, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), instructing an investigation into financial transactions related to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, following the suspension of Dr. Betta Edu, the former minister in charge.

Suspension of Minister and Investigation

The President’s suspension of Dr. Betta Edu came with a mandate to thoroughly examine the dealings of the ministry and its associated agencies.

This decision was relayed through a statement from Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, emphasizing the commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Backlash and Alleged Transactions

Dr. Betta Edu faced scrutiny after a leaked memo revealed an alleged instruction to transfer N585 million to a private account linked to a person named Oniyelu Bridget, purportedly associated with the Grants for Vulnerable Groups.

This revelation prompted the President’s decision to suspend Edu and initiate a comprehensive investigation into the ministry’s financial activities.

Presidential Statement on Integrity and Investigation

President Tinubu’s statement underlined the commitment to upholding integrity and transparency in managing Nigeria’s resources.

It included directives for the suspended minister to hand over duties to the Permanent Secretary and cooperate fully with investigating authorities.

Additionally, a panel, led by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, was tasked with a comprehensive review of social investment programs to enhance their effectiveness and restore public confidence.

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