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Tinubu suspends Minister over ‘aspects of financial transactions’ in Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Ministry

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu suspends Dr. Betta Edu, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, with immediate effect, and directs the Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of financial transactions involving her Ministry or associated agencies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In consonance with his avowed commitment to upholding highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability in the management of Nigerians’ commonwealth, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended Dr. Betta Edu, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, from office with immediate effect.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued Monday, January 8, 2024, disclosed President Tinubu also directed 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 Presidential Spokesman stated: “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.”

The statement also noted: “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.”

Ngelale said: “These directives of the President take immediate effect.”

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