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EFCC quizzes ex-Women Affairs Minister, Tallen over alleged N2bn fraud

Barely a week after the end of the former President, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in which she served as a minister, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday quizzes the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs,  Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

Though details of allegations against the ex-minister, who served in the second term of Buhari’s administration, were sketchy as of the time of filing this report, a reliable source familiar with her case said that Tallen was being investigated by the anti-corruption commission over an alleged corrupt enrichment to the tune of N2 billion.

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The ex-minister, according to the source, arrived at the EFCC Abuja Zonal Command of the Commission at Wuse 2 on invitation at 12 pm on Friday.

It was learned that part of the money Tallen was being investigated was allegedly diverted from African First Lady Mission project.

She was still being grilled by a team of EFCC investigators as of the time of filing this report (8 pm).

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for confirmation but another reliable source at the commission confirmed that the report was true, adding that Tallen was with the commission as of yesterday (Friday) night.

It was, however, not clear if she would be allowed to go home on administrative bail or be remanded in custody.

EFCC had on May 10 arrested a former minister in the Buhari administration, Saleh Mamman, who was sacked by the former President in September 2021.

Mamman, who was Minister of Power, was arrested by the anti-graft agency over an alleged financial malfeasance to the tune of N22 billion.

He was said to have been fingered by some staff of the ministry over corrupt practices relating to the Mambilla and Zungeru hydropower projects. 

The staff were said to have collaborated with the former minister to divert money from the accounts of both hydropower projects and shared same among themselves.

Some of the suspects were alleged to have used their shares of the money to buy houses in Nigeria and abroad.