Betta Edu Gate:Just In: EFCC Investigates 50 Bank Account, Recovers N30bn

Betta Edu Gate:Just In: EFCC Investigates 50 Bank Account, Recovers N30bn

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has recovered N30 billion whilst investigating 50 bank accounts in the case of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu.

In the March 2024 edition of its bulletin titled, ‘EFCC Alert,’ the commission disclosed that the recovered N30bn is now in the coffers of the Federal Government.

The document authorised by the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, read, “Update on Betta Edu investigation. We have laws and regulations guiding our investigations. Nigerians will also know that they are already on suspension, and this is based on the investigations we have done, and President Bola Tinubu has proved to Nigerians that he is ready to fight corruption.

“Moreover, concerning this particular case, we have recovered over N30 billion, which is already in the coffers of the Federal Government.

“It takes time to conclude investigations; we started this matter less than six weeks ago. Some cases take years to investigate. There are so many angles to it, and we need to follow through with some of the discoveries that we have seen. Nigerians should give us time on this matter; we have professionals on this case, and they need to do things right. There are so many leads here and there.

“As it is now, we are investigating over 50 bank accounts that we have traced money into. That is no child’s play. That’s a big deal. Then you ask about my staff strength.

“And again, we have thousands of other cases that we are working on. Nigerians have seen the impact of what we have done so far, by way of some people being placed on suspension and by way of the recoveries that we have made. You have seen that the programme itself has been suspended. We are exploring so many discoveries that we have stumbled upon in our investigation.

“If it is about seeing people in jail, well let them wait. Everything has a process to follow. So Nigerians should wait and give us the benefit of the doubt.”

President Bola Tinubu had in January suspended Edu and ordered Olukoyede “to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions” involving the ministry and “one or more agencies thereunder”.

Edu had said there were plans to tarnish her image, adding that she won’t embezzle government funds.

“Integrity and accountability are our watch word! Under my watch in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation no one will embezzle Government funds as before.

“The plans to tarnish the image of this administration, my person or the Ministry will amount to nothing,” she had stated.

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