Alleged N438m consultancy fee: ‘It’s all good’, says Tunji-Ojo as he walks out of Presidential Villa

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President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday, January 9, summoned the minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo to the Presidential Villa over a link to Betta Edu.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the suspension of his counterpart in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu.

Tunji-Ojo was summoned to Aso Rock for overpayment of N438m as a consultancy fee to a company linked to the suspended minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu.

The Nation learnt the minister when he approached for an interview, simply said “It’s all good” as he walked out of the Presidential Villa.

There were reports that a company owned by the Minister of Interior, New Planet Projects Limited was paid N438.1m by Edu for consultancy services.

But while featuring on Channels TV’s Politics Today, on Monday night, Tunji-Ojo said though he founded the company 10 years ago, he resigned from its directorship in 2019 when he contested for the House of Representatives.

The Minister of Interior described the report as shocking insisting he is only a shareholder in the company and not involved in its day-to-day operations.

He said: “I have to say this, I saw it and I was shocked because the company in question was a company, where I was the director.

“About five years ago, I had resigned my directorship. Yes, I founded the company 10 years ago. In 2019 when I got to the House of Representatives, when I won the election precisely, I resigned. I resigned 4th of February 2019 with a Certified True Copy of Corporate Affairs Commission as far back as 2019 to prove this.”

 

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