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Tinubu Orders Inquiry Into N585m Scandal, Vows Sanctions For Violators

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Tinubu Orders Inquiry Into N585m Scandal, Vows Sanctions For Violators

President Bola Tinubu has called for a comprehensive investigation into the alleged N585m scandal within the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

He has pledged decisive punishment for any individuals found guilty of breaching financial regulations during the inquiry, the directive was issued by Tinubu on Sunday through a statement by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

Anger has been growing over the reported financial irregularities within the ministry.  

As ministries gear up for their first performance assessment by the end of January, various groups, including the Peoples Democratic Party, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Femi Falana, SAN, the Yoruba Youth Assembly, and other civil society groups, have called for an unbiased probe into the leaked memo by Minister Betta Edu.

The memo allegedly instructed the Accountant-General of the Federation, Dr. Oluwatoyin Madein, to transfer N585m to the private bank account of a project accountant in the ministry, Bridget Oniyelu.

Minister Edu has defended the payment, claiming it was intended for vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ogun, and Lagos states, however, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Dr. Oluwatoyin Madein, denied honoring the request, stating that her office did not make payments on behalf of MDAs.

In response to public concerns, the President has called for a thorough investigation to verify the accuracy and validity of the reported details.

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