A former Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has cleared the air over her interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged corrupt enrichment.
Tallen was present at the zonal command of the EFCC in Abuja on Friday.
The former Minister was being questioned for allegedly misappropriating N2billion from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project (AFLPM).
Reacting to the news in a statement issued on Saturday morning, Tallen said she was at the EFCC office on her “own accord” and wasn’t invited or arrested.
The former minister said she went to the office of the anti-graft agency to “address the very false allegations” recently made against her.
However, she did not provide details of the allegation.
“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,” the statement reads.
“Firstly, the decent & appropriate action, should this have been a genuine enquiry, would be to write to the Ministry for Women Affairs, to enquire 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.”
Tallen said “economic and political infrastructure” should be used to serve the nation and “not to be used as a tool for bias or intimidation”.