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The Chief Executive Officers of Zenith, Providus, and Jaiz banks were quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday over Betta Edu scandal.

This comes amid a sweeping investigation into an embezzlement scheme linked to current and former Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu and Sadiya Umar-Farouq.

Sources told Chronicle NG that the bank chiefs handed over documents of accounts operated by the humanitarian affairs ministry to the EFCC to strengthen the ongoing investigation.

The bank chiefs invited are Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu (Zenith Bank), Haruna Musa (Jaiz Bank), and Walter Akpani (Providus Bank).

Sources close to Chronicle NG who confirmed the development on condition of anonymity said the bank chiefs were at EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

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According to the source, the banking executives were quizzed over the improper diversion of public funds into private accounts.

The bank chiefs were released after meeting with EFCC interrogators.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is dissecting a web of suspicious transactions involving hefty sums of public money funnelled into private accounts, allegedly approved by Edu and Farouq, leveraging their ministerial positions.

Farouq, who led the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under the previous administration of Muhammadu Buhari, is additionally accused of mismanagement of N37 billion earmarked for the conditional cash transfer programme during President Buhari’s tenure.

The source revealed that a potential deliberate lapse in flagging suspicious activity by the banks – a crucial responsibility mandated by anti-financial crime laws and Central Bank directives – played a critical role in the brazen misappropriation of public funds.

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EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale was not reachable to confirm the development at press time.

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