BREAKING: Tinubu's Interior Minister Opens Up on Getting Contract from Betta Edu

BREAKING: Tinubu's Interior Minister Opens Up on Getting Contract from Betta Edu

  • President Bola Tinubu's interior minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has cleared his name from the N438.1 million contract allegation against him
  • Tunji-Ojo was accused of owning the New Planet Project Limited, one of the companies awarded the N3 billion National Social Register contract by the suspended humanitarian minister, Betta Edu
  • Speaking on collecting contracts from Edu, Tunji-Ojo said he founded the company 15 years ago, but resigned as its director when he was first elected as a lawmaker in 2019 journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

FCT, Abuja - President Bola Tinubu's minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has responded to the allegation that his company, New Planet Project Limited, was awarded N438.1 million contract by the suspended minister of humanitarian and poverty alleviation, Betta Edu.

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In an interview on Channels Television on Monday, January 8, the minister said he founded the company about 15 years ago, but resigned as its director after his election in 2019.

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Minister of interior, Tunji-Ojo, denies collecting contract from Betta Edu Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo
Source: Twitter

Tunji-Ojo denies being signatory in N438.1m contract scandal

During the programme, the minister presented a CAC document indicating his resignation as a New Planet Project Limited director five years ago.

The minister said:

"I have no business with it. I am not involved in the day-to-day of the company. I do not pursue jobs for the company. I do not bid for the company. I do not run the company, I am not a signatory to the company's account."

Minister Tunji-Ojo in N438.1m scandal

The minister's company was accused of being paid N438.1 million for consultancy services by the ministry of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation under Betta Edu in a report by SaharaReporters.

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The report said the New Planet Project Limited was one of the many consultants the suspended minister, Edu, who awarded the N3 billion National Social Register contract.

In his reaction, the minister said he did not have the right to speak for the company because he was no longer part of its hierarchy.

He, however, said the company had the right to bid for contracts and could be sanctioned if it failed to do the job given to it.

See the video of the interview here:

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On Tuesday, Tunji-Ojo stated that he and the Comptroller General of the (NIS), Wura-Ola Adepoju, have inspected the facilities designed for the commencement of the automation.

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