Betta Edu Gate: 50 bank accounts under investigation – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said 50 bank accounts are under investigation in the ongoing probe of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu.

The probe is also involving the erstwhile chief executive officer of the now-suspended National Social Investment Programme Authority (NSIPA), Halima Shehu.

Both Edu and Shehu were suspended about three months ago by President Bola Tinubu over alleged financial malfeasance.

Tinubu also halted the Social Investment Programme and, thereafter, asked the EFCC to take over the case and probe both embattled officials including anyone involved.

Three months after, the executive chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, who made the revelations, said the anti-graft agency was making progress on the investigation, stressing the extent of damage of the case and the need for Nigerians to exercise patience.

Olukoyede spoke in the March edition of the commission’s monthly e-magazine, EFCCAlert, made available to Vanguard on Monday.

“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,” Olukoyede said.

“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.”

“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 Ahmed Tinubu has proved to Nigerians that he is ready to fight corruption,” he added.

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