EFCC Investigates Accountant General Amid Alleged N585m Fraud; More Ministry Officials Summoned for Questioning

The accountant general was quizzed by EFCC interrogators for several hours at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, but was later released.

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

An EFCC source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Ms Madein and some other members of staff were invited over an alleged link to the alleged N585.2 million case involving the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu.

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

The source said that Mr Madein was queried over the payment of N585.2 million of government funds from the ministry into the private bank account of a government official.

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

“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 exercise, adding that some were quizzed and released while others were detained depending on the level of their involvement.

“I don’t know how many of them were released or being detained but some of them were still in custody depending on their involvement,” the source said.

A leaked memo had revealed how Ms Edu, in December 2023, allegedly requested Ms Madein to transfer the money from NSIO account to the UBA account of Ms Oniyelu, the accountant of the Grants for Vulnerable Groups under the ministry.

The AGF, however, in a statement, countered the claim by the suspended minister

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