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Alleged N37bn fraud : EFCC releases suspended NSIPA boss, Halima Shehu


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Halima Shehu, the suspended National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), after questioning her.

She was grilled about N37,170,855,753.44 allegedly laundered by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, which was led by former Minister Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

This was confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale on Thursday.

Oyewale added that the agency mandated Mrs Shehu to always make herself available at their office anytime the need arises.

“She was the National Coordinator in charge of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme under the Ministry during Buhari’s tenure, and she has been queried over some of the money that left the ministry’s coffers through her,” NAN quoted the EFCC spokesperson as saying.

It was reported how Mrs Shehu was detained by EFCC after the agency stormed NSIPA’s office at the Federal Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday at about 9 am, and drove her to the EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

Shehu was reportedly detained and interrogated.

Trusted senior officers of the EFCC who spoke on the condition of anonymity, were said to have revealed that Shehu was indicted in connection with the alleged N37.1 billion fraud as the former National Coordinator of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme under the ministry.

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