The Global News reports that the former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has refuted any knowledge of James Okwete, a contractor who was apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had detained Okwete on allegations of laundering N37 billion.
The arrest of Okwete aligns with reports indicating an ongoing investigation into the Humanitarian Ministry and three ministers who served under the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement posted on her social media handle on Monday, Farouq dismissed any connection to the contractor as baseless and unfounded.
The statement reads, “There have been a number of reports linking me to a purported investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the activities of one James Okwete, someone completely unknown to me. James Okwete neither worked for, nor represented me in any way whatsoever. The linkages and associations to my person are spurious.
“While I resist the urge to engage in any media trial whatsoever, I have however contacted my Legal Team to explore possible options to seek redress on the malicious attack on my person.
“I remain proud to have served my country as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with every sense of responsibility and would defend my actions, stewardship and programmes during my tenure whenever I am called upon to do so.”