Sadiya Umar-Farouq, former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, kept interrogators waiting without providing an official explanation to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as to why she did not accept the Commission’s invitation.
The former minister did not appear to answer questions on the alleged laundering of over 37.1 billion naira through a contractor, James Okwete, during her stint in office.
Sadiya Umar-Farouq was summoned to appear before investigators at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday to account for the alleged fraud that occurred under her supervision.
According to one interrogator who requested anonymity, the questioning team was forced to close late in the evening when it became clear that the former minister would not appear.
When asked by the EFCC about the next course of action, the Commission’s spokeswoman, Dele Oyewale, declined to comment.