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Budget Padding: EFCC Begins Probe Of Senate Appropriation Committee



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the probe of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, following the alleged padding of the 2016 national budget.

Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin had accussed Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of house for alleged padding of the budget.

Jibrin accused them of padding the budget to the tune of N400 billion and had went ahead to submit a petition to the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices to that effect.

 It was gathered yesterday that the EFCC has decided to launch investigations into the possible involvement of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the alleged padding.

The agency saw the need to probe the senate committee after preliminary findings by the EFCC team. The Committee would be investigated for alleged insertions amounting to about N5 billion in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Vanguard reports.

It would be recalled that Hon. Abdulmumin, had in his determination to expose alleged wrong doing in the process of the passage of the 2016 Budget, petitioned the EFCC as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) alleging that over N400 billion was involved in the budget padding scandal.

The anti-graft agency has however decided to Centre its investigations on the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

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