EFCC Uncovers Fraudulent COVID-19 Fund Mismanagement At Humanitarian Ministry

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered fraudulent dealings involving COVID-19 funds, a World Bank loan, and Abacha recovered loot at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

According to EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale, the investigation into the ministry’s affairs has led to the recovery of a staggering N32.7 billion and $445,000 so far. 

The probe implicates suspended Humanitarian Minister Betta Edu, her predecessor Sadiya Umar-Farouq, and the Coordinator of the National Social Insurance Programmes Agency, Halima Shehu.

Oyewale emphasized that the EFCC’s investigation targets a systemic issue rather than individual culpability, with banks involved in the alleged fraud also under scrutiny. 

He assured the public that those found guilty would face prosecution.

Furthermore, the EFCC disclosed its ongoing efforts to combat Naira abuse and dollarization, noting the cooperation of the public in reporting instances of currency misuse. Several celebrities are currently under investigation for Naira abuse.

The EFCC, while acknowledging the time-consuming nature of investigations, stressed the importance of collaboration in the fight against corruption. 

EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede urged Nigerians to support anti-corruption efforts and hold corrupt individuals accountable, emphasizing the role of every citizen in combating corruption.

The EFCC’s call for a united front underscores the gravity of the situation and the imperative need for concerted action against corruption at all levels of society.

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