In a shocking turn of events, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The arrest comes in connection with alleged fraud amounting to a staggering N37,170,855,753.44 that was purportedly laundered under her watch through a contractor named James Okwete.
Initially scheduled to appear before EFCC detectives last Wednesday at 10:00 am, Sadiya was notably absent, citing health challenges. However, she finally presented herself at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Monday, January 8, at the same appointed time. The former minister endured a rigorous six-hour interrogation session conducted by the EFCC’s crack detectives.
According to reliable sources within the EFCC, Sadiya spent the night at the anti-graft agency’s facility to facilitate the acquisition of detailed and crucial information pertaining to the ongoing investigation. During her questioning, she reportedly provided insights into some documents already in the possession of the anti-graft agency, including those she brought along as directed.
The focus of the investigation revolves around the substantial sum allegedly laundered during Sadiya Umar-Farouq’s tenure, with the EFCC leaving no stone unturned to uncover the truth behind the intricate web of financial transactions. The anti-graft agency is diligently pursuing this case to ensure a thorough examination of the evidence at hand.
The detention of a former minister of such prominence has sent shock waves through the political landscape, raising questions about the accountability and transparency of public officials. As the investigation progresses, the public awaits further developments in this high-profile case, which could have significant implications for the fight against corruption in the country.