By KEMI KASUMU
After crimicisms for trying to shield his Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, from unfolding corruption, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has ordered a thorough probe of her Ministry.
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, made this known in a statement dated January 7, 2024 and copied to The DEFENDER on Sunday.
Controversy had enveloped Edu’s alleged involvement in the approval of N585,198,500.00 to be disbursed into a personal account.
In a letter allegedly signed by the humanitarian minister, she allegedly instructed the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Oluwatoyin Madein, to transfer the sum to the account of one Oniyelu Bridget as grant for vulnerable groups in four states.
However, Madein explained that although her office received a request from the humanitarian ministry to make certain payments, her office did not act on it.
Edu, 37 and the youngest minister in the President’s cabinet, subsequently said there were plans to tarnish her image, adding that she won’t embezzle government funds.
Incidentally, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is presently probing Edu’s predecessor, Sadiya Farouq, over alleged laundering of N37.1 billion during her tenure as a minister under the administration of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the Sunday’s statement personally signed by the Information and National Orientation Minister, the uproar over the development in the humanitarian ministry under Edu was acknowledged as he said the “government is determined to unravel the truth”.