Humanitarian ministry Fraud: Why probing Edu, others ‘ll take time — EFCC


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has ruled out its conclusion of the ongoing probes launched into frauds perpetrated in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in no distant time.

The EFCC as we speak, is investigating financial malfeasances in the humanitarian affairs ministry, pertaining to suspended minister, Betta Edu, her predecessor, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and Ms Halima Shehu, the National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme, an agency under the humanitarian ministry,

The anti-graft agency Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, brought the public up to speed with the investigation in an interview with the agency’s in-house magazine, EFCC Alert, where he said, the probe will take a while to conclude.

“It takes time to conclude investigations. We started this matter less than six weeks ago. There are cases that take years to investigate.

“There are so many angles to it, and we need to follow through with some of the discoveries that we have seen. Nigerians should give us time on this matter; we have professionals on this case and they need to do things right. There are so many leads here and there,” Olukoyede said.

He also told of some of the recoveries and discoveries made saying, “Moreover, with respect to this particular case, we have recovered over N30bn, which is already in the coffers of the Federal Government.

“As it is now, we are investigating over 50 bank accounts that we have traced money into. That is no child’s play. That’s a big deal. Then you ask about my staff strength.”

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