The President of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has issued a directive for a comprehensive investigation into the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation regarding the alleged misappropriation of N585 million.

The Global News had reported that Betta Edu, the humanitarian affairs minister came under criticism after a leaked memo on December 20, 2023 revealed that she directed the accountant-general of the federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, to transfer N585 million to a private account owned by one Oniyelu Bridget, who the ministry claimed currently serves as the project accountant, Grants for Vulnerable Groups.

In a statement released yesterday in Abuja and signed by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, it was disclosed that the President has directed a meticulous and comprehensive investigation to verify the accuracy and validity of the reported details.

Idris noted that the federal government is cognizant of the public concerns surrounding the alleged payment of funds into a private account by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The statement reads in part, “We are aware of the narratives circulating widely and wish to assure Nigerians that the government takes these issues most seriously.
“The federal government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is transparent and accountable to the people, and committed to ensuring that public funds are allocated and utilized effectively and efficiently to address the needs of Nigerians.”

It said the federal government was determined to unravel the truth as it relates to this matter, and gave assurance that appropriate action will be taken to ensure that any infractions are identified and decisively punished, in line with the administration’s commitment to public accountability and due process.

“The public is advised to note, against the backdrop of various unverified narratives circulating on the Internet, that the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, under the leadership of Minister Mohammed Idris, is the primary source for verified information about events and actions of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the statement said.
Idris said only accurate details will be shared with the public and promised to keep Nigerians informed about the progress of the investigation.

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