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Fraud: EFCC seizes Betta Edu, Umar-Farouq’s passports


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Following an investigation into fraud allegations in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has confiscated the passports of suspended minister Betta Edu and her predecessor, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Also, the anti-graft agency seized the passport of former National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIPA), Halima Shehu, who is under probe for alleged embezzlement of N44.8bn.

NewsBand reported on Tuesday that Dr Betta Edu was interrogated by the anti-graft agency operatives for 10 hours over the alleged N585m disbursement fraud.

After the marathon interrogation, the embattled minister was released on bail late Tuesday but was asked to report everyday to the EFCC office daily over the matter.

Three bank managing directors were also questioned and made to submit transaction documents of the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry on Tuesday in connection with the alleged fraud.

Meanwhile, the EFCC further quizzed Edu’s predecessor, Umar-Farouq, on Tuesday, the second straight day. The ex-minister is being investigated over an alleged laundering of N37.1 billion during her tenure as a minister.

She was allowed to go home on Tuesday after a marathon interrogation and is expected to return on Wednesday for further clarifications on issues that the Commission flagged in the course of its preliminary investigations.

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