EFCC Seizes Edu, Sadiya’s Passports, Interrogations Continue Today

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken the travel documents of suspended minister Betta Edu and her predecessor, Sadiya Umar-Farouq.

They are being investigated for alleged financial wrongdoing during their time as ministers of the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry.

Betta Edu was questioned by anti-corruption investigators for more than 10 hours on Tuesday at the EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja. The 37-year-old was interrogated about an alleged fraud involving the misuse of N585 million.

After the lengthy questioning, the troubled minister was released on bail late Tuesday but was required to report to the EFCC office every day regarding the matter.

Both Edu and her predecessor are expected to return to the Commission’s office on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m., for further questioning.

The embattled minister arrived at the EFCC office with her aides and lawyer and is currently being interviewed by EFCC investigators.

Edu appeared at the EFCC office the day after she was suspended by President Bola Tinubu.

She was involved in a scandal where N585 million was disbursed by the humanitarian affairs ministry, which received criticism from rights groups and activists.

The situation worsened when the Accountant General of the Federation confirmed that Edu’s office did not act on the ministry’s request for payments.

On Monday, the President suspended Edu immediately, making her the first member of his cabinet to be removed since its inauguration in August.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.