EFCC Interrogates CEOs of Zenith, Providus, and Jaiz Banks Regarding Suspected Betta Edu Fraud

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Top executives, including Chief Executive Officers and Managing Directors of Zenith Bank, Providus Bank, and Jaiz Bank, underwent questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday regarding an alleged N44 billion fraud discovered in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The implicated bank chiefs facing the EFCC are Ebenezer Onyeagwu (Zenith Bank), Haruna Musa (Jaiz Bank), and Walter Akpani (Providus Bank).

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Simultaneously, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, is currently in EFCC custody undergoing interrogation related to a ₦585 million scandal. Additionally, Halima Shehu, the suspended Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) within the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, is being investigated by the EFCC in connection with an alleged ₦44 billion fraud.

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An anonymous source at the EFCC revealed to PUNCH that Shehu and Edu provided new information during their interrogations, prompting the need for the presence of the bank executives.

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“The suspended minister and the coordinator have both made new revelations during their interrogations, and the investigation is still ongoing,” stated the source.

Edu was suspended by President Bola Tinubu on Monday in connection with an alleged N585 million cash transfer saga. The anti-graft agency invited the suspended minister as part of Tinubu’s directive for a comprehensive investigation into her activities within the ministry.

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In a related development, Edu’s predecessor, Sadiya Farouq, faced questioning by EFCC interrogators on Monday regarding allegations of laundering N37.1 billion during her tenure as a minister in former President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

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