Tallen, Former Women Affairs Minister, Denies Allegations Of N2bn Fraud

... As Reports Hinted At Investigation By EFCC


Pauline Tallen, the former minister of women’s affairs, has now spoken up about a recent visit she made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office in Abuja.

The former minister was reportedly being questioned on Friday, according to earlier reports, for claims that N2 billion intended for the African First Lady Peace Mission Programme was fraudulently utilised.

In a statement that was made public early on Saturday, Tallen said that she went to the EFCC office of her own volition and that neither she nor anybody else had invited her there.

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The former minister said that she visited the EFCC headquarters to “address the extremely false claims” that had lately been made against her, although she did not specify the reason for her visit.

The Minister noted;

Owing to the respect for my former principal, former President Muhammadu Buhari, and his good office, I did not previously address the open allegation; however, it has now become necessary to do so.

Firstly, the decent and appropriate action, should this have been a genuine inquiry, would be to write to the Ministry for Women Affairs to inquire about any funds sent to the Ministry.

To immediately jump to the open without any proper formal correspondence is highly unprofessional, portrays a lack of respect for the Ministry of Women Affairs, and is injurious to my person and character.

Furthermore, I will like to state that there was no formal invitation from the anti-graft agency, neither was I arrested.

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