Indication emerged yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has begun to investigate the embattled speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over his alleged role in raging budget padding saga.
Already, the commission has written the National Assembly clerk, Mohammed Sani Omolori, and the permanent secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, over the budget padding scandal.
A highly placed source at the EFCC yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that the acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu had set up a seven-man team headed by the head of operations of the EFCC to grill the embattled speaker and four others.
According to the source, the sacked chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulminumin Jubril has furnished the commission with some damaging documents but they need the input of the clerk of NASS and some senior civil servants in the National Assembly to gather more facts before confronting the leadership of the House of Reps.
The source said that Dogara and other members allegedly indicted in the budget padding controversy would be officially invited by the commission early next week, after receiving correspondences from the clerk of NASS.
In the August 3 letter, Omolori was asked to furnish the commission with the details of all contracts awarded and executed by the Assembly from June 2015 to date.
The permanent secretary is also to provide documents on the budget.
For about four hours on Tuesday, EFCC grilled Jibrin, who blew the scandal open following his removal by Speaker Dogara.
Jibrin accused Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Minority Leader Leo Ogor and nine others of padding the budget with N284 billion.
The commission also received a petition demanding the probe of Jibrin and the federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRIM, for 10 contracts worth N418million allegedly awarded to firms with links to Jibrin.
In the letter to Omolori, the EFCC demanded a “list of all contracts awarded by the Assembly from June 2015 to date.”
The letter said the Assembly must “provide the beneficiaries of the contracts, the account details into which payments were made, the total amount already paid for each contract as well as the outstanding balances where applicable.”
Also, the permanent secretary is expected to come along with the final copy of the budget President Muhammadu Buhari signed as the 2016 appropriation act.
In the petition against Jibrin, the Anti-Corruption Unit of National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, alleged that 10 contracts amounting to N418million were awarded to firms with links to Jibrin.
The unit claimed that the contracts were awarded on September 26, 2014, to five companies, three of which are located in Suite A47 at EFAB Mall, Area 11 in Abuja.
It alleged that one of the contracts was given to Eleku Construction Limited for “the supply of beans and millets to Kano State.”
The petition said: “No specification of some of the contracts, no completion date, no certification. Efforts to trace some of the projects have been unsuccessful.
“Jibrin was copied all the letters of the award of the contracts. No other member of the House from Kano State; no senator from Kano State and the governor of the state was not copied.
The head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said “we have commenced investigation into all.”

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