EFCC arrests NISPA Chief Executive Officer over N37.1 bn fraud

The suspended National Co-ordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following the ongoing investigation into the alleged laundering of N37,170,855,753.44 within the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, during the tenure of former Minister Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

The NSIPA office at the Federal Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory, was raided by EFCC operatives on Tuesday at around 9am.

As quoted by Punch, the source said: “Halima Shehu is currently in our (EFCC) custody in connection with the ongoing N37.1bn fraud that took place under the former Humanitarian Minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

“Halima was the National Coordinator in charge of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme under the Ministry during Buhari’s tenure, and she’s been queried over some of the money that left the ministry’s coffers through her.

“The former Minister, Sadiya is also expected at the office tomorrow (Wednesday) for questioning over the N37.1bn money laundering case.”

On Tuesday, January 2, it was reported that President Bola Tinubu suspended Shehu from office.

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