EFCC Quizzes 16 Budget Ministry Officials Indicted by Jibrin; Set to Invite Dogara and Others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun a discreet investigation of the petition sent to it by former House of Representatives appropriation chairman, Hon Abdulmumuni Jibrin which indicted 16 budget ministry officials as well as Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the House.
The 16 budget ministry officials mentioned in the petition have been quizzed by the EFCC, reports Punch, citing a top source within the anti-graft agency.
Investigators are said to have gathered some evidence from the interrogation of the budget ministry officials which would form the basis of invitation letters to be sent to Dogara and other house leaders.
Since their fallout upon his removal from the position of appropriation committee chairman, Jibrin has accused Dogara of colluding with others to pad the 2016 budget to the tune of N40 billion in the guise of constituency projects.
The lawmaker who was suspended in September alleged in his petition to the EFCC that the N40bn projects were shared among the Speaker, his Deputy, Yussuff Lasun; the Whip of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
He also alleged that Dogara ignored his complaint that the chairmen of 10 out of the 96 standing committees inserted 2,000 projects worth about N284bn into the budget among others.
He claimed that his refusal to accept a requested insertion of N30bn into the 2016 budget was the actual cause of the rift between him and the leadership of the house.
Beyond the petitions sent to the police, EFCC and ICPC, Jibrin has continued to publish different allegations against Dogara. He recently accused him and other house leaders of spending N500 million on guest houses mostly used for parties with prostitutes.
Jibrin also met with the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC). The executive secretary of PACAC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, said the meeting lasted for 5 hours and that the committee would give the necessary advice to the government on the issue.