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N37.1bn ‘fraud’: Finally, Buhari’s minister turns herelf in at EFCC headquarters

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N37.1bn ‘fraud’: Finally, Buhari’s minister turns herelf in at EFCC headquarters

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Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, on Monday, finally submitted herself for investigation at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja.

Umar-Farouq, who is being probed over the sum of N37,170,855,753.44 that was allegedly laundered under her watch through a contractor, James Okwete, arrived at the EFCC office on Monday morning.

The Minister was scheduled to face the crack detectives of the EFCC around 10:00am last Wednesday over alleged fraud, but was absent, citing health challenges.

The former minister, who served under the immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari, was invited last week by the anti-graft agency following a probe that was launched into her activities in the ministry.

Some other officials who worked with the former minister, had equally been invited for different days in order to provide an insight into how the affairs of the ministry were run in the last six years.

But in a post via X on Monday morning, the embattled former minister said she had just arrived at the commission’s headquarters to offer clarifications.

“I have, at my behest, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour the invitation by the anti-graft agency to offer clarifications in respect of some issues that the commission is investigating,” she wrote.
In her previous post on X, she had denied any complicity in the alleged crime.