Nigeria: Betta Edu: Afenifere demands thorough probe

Nigeria: Betta Edu: Afenifere demands thorough probe

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has called on President Bola Tinubu to conduct a thorough investigation into the financial dealings of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. This comes after the suspension of 

Dr. Betta Edu, the minister in charge, over an alleged N585 million scandal. It is alleged that Edu requested that funds meant for grants to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Cross River, and Ogun states be paid into a private account. The group emphasized the need for an impartial and fair investigation, free from interference or bias. 

Afenifere stated that eradicating corruption is crucial for Nigeria’s development and urged President Tinubu to demonstrate his commitment to tackling corruption. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has already questioned Edu and extended its investigation to CEOs and MDs of Zenith Bank, Providus Bank, and Jaiz Bank in connection with an alleged N44 billion fraud in the ministry.

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