June 13, 2024

Tinubu Suspends Embattled Minister, Betta Edu, From Office

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Betta Edu

  President Bola Tinubu has suspended embattled Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, from office with immediate effect. 

The president also ordered the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged scandal involving the suspended Minister. 

In a statement issued on Monday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said the president’s decision was in line with his resolve to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability to Nigerians.

Ngelale stated: “The President further directs the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions involving the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, as well as one or more agencies thereunder.

“The suspended Minister is hereby directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and she is further directed by the President to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities as they conduct their investigation.

“Furthermore, the President has tasked a panel that is headed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to, among other functions, conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on the financial architecture and framework of the social investment programmes with a view to conclusively reforming the relevant institutions and programmes in a determined bid to eliminate all institutional frailties for the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households and win back lost public confidence in the initiative.

“These directives of the President take immediate effect.”

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