EFCC Probes AGF over N585m Humanitarian Ministry Scandal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has probed Oluwatoyin Madein, the AGF regarding a N585.2m fraud, which reportedly involves the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Betta Edu.
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EFCC interrogators quizzed the AGF at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja on Monday. Details of the interrogation, obtained by newsmen on Tuesday, indicated that Madein underwent questioning for over six hours and was released with no conditions in the evening.

An impeccable anti-graft source, confirming the development, disclosed that she faced queries concerning the payment of N585.2m of government funds from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs into the private bank account of a government official.

The source said, “The Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, has been invited and interrogated by the commission. She was grilled for over six hours on Monday over the payment of N585.2m from the National Social Investment office account to the UBA account of Bridget Oniyelu, the accountant of the Grants for Vulnerable Groups under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

“The AGF was not detained, and she was released with no condition after she made her explanation in writing to the investigators during interrogation. However, she told interrogators that she didn’t approve the memo from Minister Edu for the payment into a private account.”

It was earlier reported that a leaked memo had revealed how Edu, in December 2023, requested the Accountant General to transfer the money from the National Social Investment office account to the UBA account of Oniyelu, the accountant of the Grants for Vulnerable Groups under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

However, the AGF, in a statement, countered the claim by the suspended minister, while noting that allocations were released to self-accounting MDAs in line with the budget and such MDAs were responsible for the implementation of their projects and payments for such projects.

Edu was last week Tuesday grilled by operatives of the EFCC for over 10 hours over alleged N585m fraud in her ministry. She was suspended on Monday, January 8, by President Bola Tinubu, and is being accused of paying the humanitarian fund into a private account.

Also, Halima Shehu, the embattled Co-ordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency domiciled in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, is being probed by the EFCC over an alleged N44bn cash fraud.

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