The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, to its headquarters for questioning.
EFCC’s invitation comes barely an hour after President Bola Tinubu announced Edu’s immediate suspension in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale.
According to an EFCC source, the anti-graft agency had earlier recommended Edu’s immediate suspension in order to pave way for the ongoing investigation that had been ordered by President Tinubu.
The source noted that the EFCC immediately swung into action after the president ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged of payment of N585.189 million grant meant for vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ogun and Lagos states into a private account.
“Our investigation into the alleged payment won’t be thorough if we didn’t recommend the Minister’s suspension. Her suspension will give us liberty to do our job thoroughly as directed by the President.
“An official invitation by the commission has already been sent to her. We expect her to honour the invitation to give proper insight into the issue at hand. So, we expect her to arrive here anytime soon,” the EFCC official said.