The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has defended the attendance of former Director-General (DG) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ms Arunma Oteh, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Economic Management Team.

Briefing state house correspondents after the meeting Dr Iweala said that Ms Arunma’s suspension from office does not stop her from attending or participating in one or two meetings on the economy.

According to the Coordinating Minister of the economy, the suspended DG is yet to be indicted by the investigations and therefore can continue to contribute her ideas to meetings.

A mild drama ensued at the Presidential villa when the suspended DG attended the Economic Management Meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ms Oteh was a member of the Economic Management Team by virtue of her former position as the DG SEC.

However, with her suspension, it is expected that she would cease to be a member and give way to the acting DG, Ibrahim Bello, to take over her membership.