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N585m scandal: SERAP threatens legal action if Tinubu fails to probe Betta Edu

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has
threatened to sue President Bola Ahmed Tinubu if he fails to probe the alleged
payment of N585,189,500.00 into a private account by the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.

 

Kolawole Oluwadare, Deputy Director of SERAP, disclosed this
in a statement on Sunday.

 

Betta Edu had confirmed disbursing
N585,189,500.00 meant for vulnerable people in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Lagos,
and Ogun states into a private account.

 

However, Edu insisted that the payment followed due process.

 

Meanwhile, SERAP said that the minister’s action was against
Chapter 7, Section 713 of the Federal Government’s Financial Regulations 2009,
which notes, ‘Personal money shall in no circumstances be paid into a
government bank account, nor shall any public money be paid into a private
account’.

 

Accordingly, SERAP urged Tinubu to direct the
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi,
and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly and thoroughly conduct a
probe.

 

“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken
within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not
heard from you by then, SERAP shall consider appropriate legal actions to
compel your government to comply with our request in the public interest”.

 

Recall that Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin
Madein, said Edu was not supposed to make N585,198,500.00 into a private
account.

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