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  • Updated: January 11, 2024

Beta Edu saga: All those culpable must be prosecuted — Peter Obi

Beta Edu saga: All those culpable must be prosecuted — Pet

The Labour Party's (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Mr. Peter Obi has stated that everyone involved in the Betta Edu N585 million scandal should be held accountable and prosecuted. 

Betta Edu, the suspended minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, came under fire when a memo leaked in which she requested that Oluwatoyin Madein, the federation's accountant-general, transfer N585 million to a private account.

On Monday, President Bola Tinubu suspended her from office and ordered an investigation into all financial transactions in her ministry.

On Tuesday, the suspended minister was questioned at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja following the fraud charges she's involved in. 

Obi, in a thread on his official X page, said Edu's suspension is a positive development and urged for a thorough investigation.

He said it is “insensitive for those entrusted with funds for public welfare to literally steal from the poor”.

“I like to add my voice with most Nigerians concerned about accountability in government and judicious use of public funds, I welcome the suspension of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Betta Edu, and subsequent directives for her investigation,” Obi wrote.

“While the action of the government is a welcome development, the investigation must be comprehensive so that all those culpable are brought to book.

“The suspension of the Minister should not be a window-dressing action but should be a peg to get at all those who are deserving of blame and punished just like the Minister.

“By a sad coincidence, the alleged fraudulent diversion of N585 million of public money by Ms Edu broke almost at the same moment that the Minister who held the same portfolio in the last administration is being investigated for a whopping N37bn misappropriation.

“The Ministry may have been created by the system as a conduit pipe to siphon public funds while using the poor as a face.

“Equally worrisome and disgusting is the fact that the missing funds are meant for poverty alleviation in a time of severe suffering among the people."

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