EFCC Grills Former Women Affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen, for Alleged Diversion of N2bn

Pauline Tallen, a former minister of women’s affairs, was questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday for an alleged theft of N2 billion.

The former minister, who was born in Plateau State, was questioned by EFCC agents at their zonal headquarters in Abuja over funds from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project (AFLPM), which was initiated by the former first lady, Maryam Abacha.

After rejecting an ambassadorial nomination in 2015 on the grounds that she had not been informed prior to the announcement of the appointment, Tallen was appointed in 2019 by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

She also served as minister of state for science and technology under former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 and deputy governor of Plateau State In 2007.

The EFCC had in the dying days of the Buhari administration vowed to go after corrupt officials that served in the government.

The commission on May 10 arrested the former minister of power, Sale Mamman, over alleged N22 billion fraud.