Sadiya Umar-Farouq, did not shun invitation – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, did not shun its invitation contrary to claims in the media.

The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, who spoke with journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said the former minister sent a letter that she could not honour the invitation due to health challenges.

The commission had last week, invited Umar-Farouk over an alleged N37 billion fraud in the ministry.

The EFCC alleged that a contractor, James Okwete, laundered the funds on behalf of the politician appointed as minister by former President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2019.

Reacting, President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday suspended the National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) Halima Shehu, over her alleged involvement in the fraud.

The coordinator was arrested by the EFCC the same day.

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