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Alleged N37b fraud: EFCC quizzes ex-Minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouq

On Monday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) questioned Sadiya Umar-Farouq, a former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, for hours about alleged money laundering totaling N37, 170,855,753.44.


The immediate former minister is accused of laundering funds through a contractor, James Okwete.


However, in accordance with the commission’s new approach, Sadiya was requested to leave on bail for another round of interrogation today.


According to a top source, the ex-Minister appeared for interrogation at about 10.30pm


She had asked for a three-week grace before answering EFCC’s invitation, but the agency granted her only three days grace.


In order to avoid being declared wanted, the ex-Minister reported at the EFCC’s headquarters.


“She has complied with our 72-hour ultimatum, her investigation by our team has started,” the top source confirmed.


In what appeared a confidence-building tweet, the ex-Minister said: ”I have, at my behest, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to honour the invitation by the anti-graft agency to offer clarifications in respect of some issues that the commission is investigating,”


As at 6.15pm, Sadiya has made what a source described as “a useful statement.”


Another source, who was in the know of the interaction, said: “We have been grilling her for many hours on all the issues we have isolated for her.


“In line with our new policy, we will allow her to go home. She will however come on Tuesday for another round of interrogation.”

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