President Bola Tinubu has summoned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, to Aso Rock over payment of N438 million as consultancy fee to a company linked to him by suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu.
The company, New Planet Project Limited, was one of the numerous consultants awarded contracts from N3 billion given out by the suspended minister for the National Social Register contract.
The social register was created for cash transfers and other social investment programmes.
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New Planet Project Limited was initially paid N279 million for verification of the list and another N159 million for the same purpose.
Some Nigerians on social media have been calling for the suspension of the interior minister, too, after Edu was suspended.
Sodiq Tade wrote: ”I’m a ‘fan’ of Olubunmi Tunji Ojo mainly because he is the only ‘working’ minister out of the 49/48 ministers. However, if he is a shareholder in a company mentioned in corruption dealings, then he must be made to step aside just like Betta Edu. For us to progress as a country, we must hold everyone accountable. Equally.”
Omotayo Williams wrote: ”It is also evident he (Olubunmi-Ojo) has used his position to influence his company getting the contract.