The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the prompt dismissal and legal action against Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, for purportedly embezzling N44 billion from the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), which also involves diverting N585.2 million to a personal account.
Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, revealed this stance in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, the alleged fraud is just a tip of the iceberg of what he called “unprecedented treasury looting, unbridled stealing and plundering of resources going on in the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration which has practically brought the nation’s economy to its knees”.
“Is it not tragic and heartbreaking that a minister entrusted with public funds to support millions of poor Nigerians who have been impoverished by the APC, turned around to divert hundreds of millions of naira meant for the wellbeing of the poor?
“The continuing stay of Betta Edu as Minister is therefore provocative and amounts to stealing from a people and daring them to do their worst.
“It further confirms our Party’s position that the Tinubu-led APC government is a cesspit of corruption; a haven for thieves and treasury looters.
“Nigerians were shocked by reports of how Betta Edu and the suspended National Coordinator of NSIPA, Halima Shehu allegedly engaged in brazen looting of billions of Naira while Nigerians who the funds are meant for are deprived and abandoned to excruciating hardship and misery,” the PDP spokesman added.
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