Nigerian Government Launches Probe into Alleged Misuse of Public Funds by Humanitarian Ministry

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has announced that the Nigerian government is currently looking into allegations suggesting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation misappropriated public funds by depositing them into a private account.

In a statement released on Sunday, January 7, 2024, Idris stated, “The President has instructed a thorough and exhaustive investigation to verify the accuracy and legitimacy of the reported details.”

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability, the minister assured that any identified breaches or infractions would be investigated and appropriately penalized.

This announcement follows widespread reports circulating on social media and online platforms claiming that the humanitarian ministry, responsible for administering relief and welfare programs to millions of Nigerians, had transferred funds to an account associated with a private individual.

Idris urged Nigerians to exercise patience as the investigation unfolds and encouraged them to rely on the ministry as the primary source for verified information. He also cautioned against believing “various unverified narratives circulating on the Internet” that could potentially mislead the public.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressing dedication to combating corruption and enhancing governance, has pledged to address these issues in Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy.

Quest: Cris-Edesiri Odjomah

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