Budget padding Probe begins as police Special Investigation Panel get three versions of budget
The Nigeria police Special Investigation Panel (SIP )led by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Amodu Ali. has started sieving the documents to isolate the padded areas.
The Special Investigation Panel (SIP)yesterday retrieved three versions of the budget from ousted House of Representatives Appropriations Committee chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin as probe of his allegation of padding began,the panel last for two-hour session.
The sack House of Representatives Appropriations Committee chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin, claimed that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Minority Leader Leo Ogor and nine others inserted about 2000 projects worth N284 billion into the budget.
Last Friday during a visit to the Presidential Villa, Dogara said budget padding was not an offence.
I have been in the legislature for years, he had never heard of where lawmakers were accused of padding the budget.
Abdulmumin Jibrin had a two-hour session with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Amodu Ali-led SIP, he also submitted more documents on the matter to the investigators.
Accordly to The nation, “The search for padded areas by the panel has started. As at Monday (yesterday), the panel was in receipt of three versions of the 2016 Budget.
“With the retrieval of these budget versions, detectives have started identifying padded areas by the House members.
The versions of the budget are the original copy laid before the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, the version passed by the National Assembly but rejected by the President due to omission of some key projects, such as the N60billion Calabar-Lagos rail project; and the harmonised copy.
The Special Investigation Panel (SIP) insisted that, “After locating these padded areas, the SIP will be able to determine the focus of interrogation and the list of those to be questioned alongside the 13 already implicated by Jibrin.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “The SIP may interact with all members of the House Committee on Appropriations and some chairmen of committees.
The are also monitoring every claim by members in the media to guide their investigation.”
Accordly to The Special Investigation Panel, “We have requested Jibrin for additional facts. So, Jibrin could be with us tomorrow (today) or Wednesday. We have told him additional things to bring as part of our preliminary investigation.
“We will invite Dogara and the others after we are done with Jibrin.
“As the investigation progresses, we will inform the public. This is an investigation that will stand the test of time. (AIG) Amodu Ali-led SIPs”said.
“ The country Nigeria should at the end of the day put an end to the culture of padding. We will be fair to all who will appear before the SIP.”