Embattled minister Betta Edu denied access to Tinubu

Embattled minister Betta Edu denied access to Tinubu

Suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu was reportedly seen at the Aso Villa in Abuja moment after her suspension on Monday afternoon.

This was made known by Channels Television, adding that she was denied access to President Bola Tinubu.

The embattled minister, after she tried all she could to see Tinubu but to no avail, she was seen leaving the Villa about 30 minutes after her suspension was announced.

The 37-year-old was alleged to have deposited N585m into someone’s personal account which sparked widespread criticisms from rights groups and activists.

Edu’s predicament was worsened when the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, confirmed that although her office received a request from the humanitarian ministry to make certain payments, her office did not act on it.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed that the minister was suspended with immediate effect by President Tinubu and ordered the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, “to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions” involving the ministry and “one or more agencies thereunder”.

The anyi-graft agency has launched an investigation into Edu’s predecessor, Sadiya Farouq, over the alleged laundering of N37.1 billion during her tenure as a minister under the administration of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.

Edu, the youngest in the President’s cabinet before her suspension, was a fast-rising Amazon in the political space having occupied state and national offices at a young age.

Before her ministerial appointment last August, she was named the Cross River State Commissioner for Health and the National Women Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Edu was a prominent figure in the campaign train of Tinubu, the then APC presidential candidate, during the electioneering process that brought the ex-Lagos governor into office as President.

She was appointed about three months after Tinubu was sworn in as President. Her tenure as minister was, however, shortlived barely six months after, perhaps the shortest tenure by a minister in a long while.

SOURCE:PUNCH

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