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N585M Fraud: EFCC Grills Accountant General Of The Federation, Humanitarian Ministry Officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has interrogated the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, over the alleged N585.2 million fraud in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The anti-graft agency also interrogated some staff of the Ministry over the alleged fraud.

An EFCC source told newsmen that Madein and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation staff were invited over their alleged link to the fraud involving the suspended minister, Betta Edu.

The source said that the AGF was quizzed by EFCC interrogators for several hours at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, but was later released.

The source disclosed that Madein was queried over the payment of N585.2 million social intervention funds into the private bank account of a government official.

Madein, according to the source, told interrogators that she did not approve the memo from the minister, Edu, for the payment.

“She was grilled for several hours on Monday over the payment of N585.2 million from the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) account to the UBA account of Bridget Oniyelu, the Accountant of the Grants for Vulnerable Groups under the Ministry.

“She told the investigators that she didn’t approve Edu’s memo for payment into private accounts.

“She was not detained and was released with no condition after she made her explanation in writing to the investigators during interrogation.”

The source said some Ministry officials were invited to explain their involvement in the alleged fraud, adding that some were quizzed and released while others were detained depending on the level of their involvement.

However, the AGF, in a statement, countered the claim by the suspended minister.

She noted that allocations were released to self-accounting MDAs in line with the budget and such MDAs were responsible for the implementation of their projects and payments for such projects.

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