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From Betta Edu to Emefiele: Here are 4 high profile suspensions under Tinubu

Poverty alleviation and hands in the cookie jar

There has been a series of high-profile suspensions by President Bola Tinubu in recent times; whether this marks a genuine turning point in Nigeria’s battle against corruption or a calculated political manoeuvre remains to be seen.

Here are 4 high-profile individuals suspended by President Bola Tinubu in recent times.

Betta Edu
Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, was suspended on Monday, January 8, 2024, for the alleged ₦585 million scandal involving her. Edu was directed to hand over to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary immediately.

Godwin Emefiele
President Bola Tinubu suspended the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on the 9th of June 2023. He was suspended due to an ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the economy’s financial sector. Emefiele was also directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate). He was later removed and replaced by Femi Cardoso.

Abulrasheed Bawa
President Bola Tinubu suspended Abulrasheed Bawa, the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, on June 14, 2023, due to misconduct allegations.

Halima Shehu
Within three months of Halima Shehu confirmation by the Senate, President Bola Tinubu authorised the immediate suspension of Halima Shehu, the National Coordinator and CEO of the National Social Investment Program Agency (NSIPA), following allegations of financial misconduct. She was suspended for the movement of ₦17 billion from NSIPA accounts to suspicious beneficiaries within a week.