The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, denounced the N585 million fraud accusation against her, labeling it a scheme by troublemakers to undermine her ministry’s anti-corruption endeavours.
Edu conveyed this in a statement posted on her Facebook page recently. The allegations emerged following a leaked memo directing the transfer of the said funds to a private account, supposedly belonging to Oniyelu Bridget, the Project Accountant for Grants for Vulnerable Groups.
Edu defended the transfer, stating it adhered to due process. She attributed the allegations to her adversaries, portraying it as a made-up story aiming to impede her anti-corruption initiatives and support for the disadvantaged.
She said, “I am writing to address recent news circulating about alleged fraud within the Ministry of Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation.
“As the minister, I want to assure you that these claims are baseless and an attempt to undermine the efforts we are making to fight corruption and uplift those in need.
“In the course of our work, we have encountered resistance from forces whose hands may not be clean, but I want to emphasise that our commitment to transparency, accountability, and eradicating corruption remains unwavering.
“The challenges we face only strengthen our resolve to serve with integrity and dedication.
“I believe in the power of truth prevailing, and with God as my strength, I am confident that our collective efforts will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of the less privileged. Your trust and support are invaluable as we navigate through these unfounded allegations.
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