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Betta Edu: EFCC Invites Suspended Humanitarian Affairs Minister


Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu has been invited to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
 
DailyTrust reported that the invitation came less than 30 minutes after the President, Bola Tinubu announced Edu’s immediate suspension from office through his Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.
 
An operative of the EFCC, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said the anti-graft agency had earlier recommended the immediate suspension of the Minister to pave the way for the ongoing investigation that had been ordered by the President.
 
The source noted that the commission had immediately swung into action the President ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged payment of an N585.189 million grant meant for vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ogu,n and Lagos states into a private account.

“Our investigation into the alleged payment won’t be thorough if we didn’t recommend the Minister’s suspension. Her suspension will give us the liberty to do our job thoroughly as directed by the President.

“An official invitation by the commission has already been sent to her. We expect her to honor the invitation to give proper insight into the issue at hand. So, we expect her to arrive here anytime soon,” the EFCC official told Daily Trust.
 
The spokesman of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, could not be reached for comment immediately as calls pulled across to his mobile phone were yet to connect.
 
Civil Society Organisations, activists lawyers, and opposition political parties had called for her sack just as the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, told Daily Trust on Saturday that the matter was under investigation.

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