Former Minister sadiya honours EFCC invite over alleged N37bn fraud

Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, has finally honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over N37billion corruption allegation against her.

The former minister, who is being investigated over the sum that was allegedly laundered under her watch through a contractor, James Okwete, arrived at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Monday morning.
Umar-Farouk took to her X account to announce the development, saying “I have, at my behest, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour the invitation by the anti-graft agency to offer clarifications in respect of some issues that the commission is investigating.”
“I remain proud to have served my country as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with every sense of responsibility and will defend my actions, stewardship and programmes during my tenure whenever I am called upon to do so,” she was quoted to have said.

The former Minister had earlier failed to honour the invitation of the anti-graft agency on the alleged laundering of N37.1 billion during her tenure.

She, however, wrote a letter to apologise to the Commission over her failure to honour their invitation.

The spokesman of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, said the former minister wrote to the anti-graft, explaining that she is not disposed for now to appear before the commission.

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