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EFCC Recovers Fresh $445,000, N3bn In Humanitarian Ministry Probe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission announced on Sunday that it has recently retrieved $445,000 and N3 billion as part of its ongoing investigation into the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs scandal.

According to EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale, these funds were recovered between March and April, supplementing the earlier recovery of N30 billion referenced by EFCC Chairman Olu Olukoyede in a previous interview.

Oyewale said, “The interview with the commission’s chairman, which was recently released, was done mid-March, and as at that time, the N30bn was what had been recovered as noted by the chairman. However, between that time and now, the commission has been able to recover an extra N2.7bn and $445,000 in connection with the probe.”

The EFCC initiated the investigation under the instruction of President Bola Tinubu after the suspension of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Beta Edu. Also being investigated are Edu’s predecessor, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and the Coordinator of the National Social Insurance Programmes Agency, Halima Shehu.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale provided this update in a statement on Sunday titled “Beta Edu and other Matters: For the Purpose of Clarity.”

The statement read, “No officials from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs have been cleared in ongoing investigations into financial misappropriation.

“The EFCC has recovered N32.7bn and $445,000 in the ongoing investigation. Investigations have uncovered fraudulent dealings related to COVID-19 funds, World Bank loans, and Abacha loot.

“Banks involved in the fraud are being investigated, with Managing Directors providing useful statements.”

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