Premium Times on smear campaign over N10bn fraud report – Kemi Adeosun

…Warrants are issued in accordance with Appropriation

Nigeria’s Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun says Premium Times has embarked on a smear campaign against her

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has reacted to a Premium Times report published on 19 April, labeling it a “smear campaign”.

“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to a smear campaign by an online medium, Premium Times, of “illegally sharing of N10 billion from the national treasury”, Adeosun’s spokesperson Oluyinka Akintunde said in a statement.

The minister said she debunks the report describing it as “entire mischievous and made-up report of the online medium which negates the ethics and professionalism of journalism.

“The article displays a worrying lack of understanding of Appropriation, Payments and Control, and therefore be disregarded by the public.

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“The Minister further wishes to state that warrants are issued in accordance with Appropriation and after due approval by the Cash Plan Committee chaired by the Minister,” the statement said.

She said attempts to link her to this factually defective and incorrect report by Premium Times is highly regrettable.

“There is absolutely no truth in the report of the Honourable Minister being involved in any fraudulent scandal as alleged by the mischievous online medium,” the statement reiterated.

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