Following the controversy surrounding the padding of the 2016 Budget as alleged in the House of Representatives, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its searchlight on the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Accoriding to reports reachong us, EFCC has begun investigation of the alleged padding of 2016 Budget in line with allegations contained in the petition by the sacked Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon Jibril Abdulmumin.
It was also gathered yesterday that the EFCC has decided to launch into the allegations and get to the roots of the matter, just as it has decided to launch investigations into the possible involvement of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the alleged padding.
Preliminary findings by the EFCC team indicate that there was the urgent need to beam its torchlight on the activities of the Senate Appropriation Committee. The Committee would be investigated for alleged insertions amounting to about N5 billion in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
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.