Umar-Farouq seeks legal redress over N37.1bn fraud allegation 


Immediate past Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, is considering going to court over allegations of involvement in a N37.1 billion fraud.

In a post, Tuesday, on her official X handle (formerly Twitter) and Instagram page, the former minister denied knowing a contractor, James Okwete, who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering the said amount.

She also said she served as a minister with every sense of responsibility and would defend her actions whenever called upon to do so.

Recall that reports had given details of an ongoing EFCC probe that N37 billion was transferred from the federal government’s coffers and sent to 38 different bank accounts domiciled in five legacy commercial banks belonging to or connected with Okwete.

She said, “There have been a number of reports linking me to a purported investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission into the activities of one James Okwete, someone completely unknown to me.

“James Okwete neither worked for, nor represented me in any way whatsoever. The linkages and associations to my person are spurious. While I resist the urge to engage in any media trial whatsoever, I have however contacted my legal team to explore possible options to seek redress on the malicious attack on my person.”