President Bola Tinubu has reportedly summoned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, for questioning in relation to financial mismanagement allegations. The minister is said to have links to a company that received a consultancy contract worth N438 million from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, a department currently facing controversy.
The consultancy contract, awarded to New Planet Projects Ltd, a company associated with Tunji-Ojo, is part of the N3 billion contracts awarded by the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu. The Ministry is undergoing scrutiny over financial irregularities, and the Interior Minister’s connections to the company have raised concerns.
Tunji-Ojo, who has denied any current affiliation with New Planet Project Limited, admitted to founding the company alongside his wife. However, he stated that he resigned from the firm in 2019 due to his political ambitions. The purpose of the summon and the details of the meeting between Tunji-Ojo and President Tinubu remain undisclosed.
The controversy surrounding the consultancy contract adds to the challenges faced by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, which recently suspended Betta Edu over financial impropriety. The investigation into the financial affairs of the ministry is ongoing, with heightened scrutiny on contracts and consultancy services provided.
As the situation unfolds, stakeholders are keenly watching for further developments, and the Interior Minister’s appearance before President Tinubu raises questions about the extent of the alleged links between the company and the government officials involved.