N37bn Loot: EFCC interrogates former minister, Sadiya

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By Kenneth Atavti

Embattled Sadiya Umar-Farouk, the former minister of social development, disaster management, and humanitarian affairs, was on Monday interrogated by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud.

She arrived on Monday at the EFCC headquarters as part of an ongoing investigation into the N37, 170,855,753.44 that was purportedly laundered during her time in office through a contractor named James Okwete.

It was confirmed that Umar-Farouk finally honoured the EFCC’s invitation at about 10 am on Monday, January 8, 2024.

She also revealed at about 10:20 am, yesterday, on her X page that she was present at the EFCC headquarters.

She wrote: “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,” Umar-Farouq tweeted on Monday morning.

Nigerian pilot recalled that, citing health issues, the former Minister had earlier officially written to the EFCC seeking an extension of the deadline to meet with EFCC interrogators over an ongoing probe into the N37, 170,855,753.44 allegedly laundered during her tenure in office, through a contractor, Okwete.