President Tinubu Orders Edu’s Probe

President Bola Tinubu has ordered a thorough probe of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation led by Betta Edu.

This was revealed in a statement on Sunday by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

Edu has been allegedly involved in the approval of N585,198,500.00 to be disbursed into a personal account of Oniyelu Bridget as a grant for vulnerable groups in four states.

Meanwhile,  the information minister has acknowledged the uproar over the development in the humanitarian ministry under Edu, stating that the “government is determined to unravel the truth”.

Idris said, “In light of recent events, the President has directed that a thorough and comprehensive investigation be conducted to ascertain the accuracy and validity of the reported details.

“The government is determined to unravel the truth as it relates to this matter, and assures that appropriate action will be taken to ensure that any breaches and infractions are identified and decisively punished, in line with the Administration’s commitment to public accountability and due process.”

“We urge Nigerians to exercise patience as the investigation unfolds. The government is focused on ensuring a fair and unbiased process, and the findings will be communicated duly and transparently to the public,” he said.

The humanitarian minister who is the youngest in the Tinubu-led administration had signed a letter instructing the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Oluwatoyin Madein, to make a transfer to the said account.

Madein acknowledged that her office received a request from the humanitarian ministry to make specific payments, but her office chose not to comply with it.

However, in reaction, Edu has said she won’t embezzle government funds and accusations 

were plans to tarnish her image.

Coincidentally, Sadiya Farouq, Edu’s predecessor, is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering N37.1 billion while serving as a minister in former president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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