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Ex-women affairs minister, Pauline Tallen debunks rumour circulating she was arrested by EFCC over N2bn fraud

Former minister of Women Affairs and Social Development who served during the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, Pauline Tallen has disclosed the reason behind her recent visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She has debunked the rumour circulating that she was arrested by the officials of the anti-graft agency.

According to her, she said, “This fake news was carried by several media outlets who were either mischievious or misguided. I would like to state that I went to the EFCC on my own accord to address the very false allegation made against me recently.

“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.”

She said a decent and appropriate action should have been made to carry out a genuine enquiry about the allegation and also writing to the Ministry of Women affairs and Social Development would have been helpful.

“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 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,” Tallen said.

“Again out of respect for the professionalism demonstrated by the EFCC, I will make this Press statement a brief one, to allow for a transparent enquiry,” she added.

She urged all leaders in every sphere to use Economic and Political infrastructure to serve the Nation, from the highest office holder to the least and offices should not be used as a tool for bias or intimidation.

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