THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quizzed directors of finance and account of 16 federal ministries.
The commission has also retrieved the ministries’ original copies of their budget proposals from 2012 to 2016 and as well as the versions approved by the National Assembly.
In the course of the investigation, the anti-graft agency has uncovered many projects inserted in the budget in the last four years and probing whether they were executed.
Subsequently, the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, and the EFCC have started collaborating to unravel the identities of the companies executing the alleged padded projects.
The commission was said to be in the process of inviting the affected contractors.
It was also learnt that the commission had already questioned Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, who blew the whistle, and those who wrote petition against Jibrin on budget padding.
About 184 civil servants were indicted in the padding of the 2016 budget. The extension of the scope of the budget padding to four years might lead to the arrest of more top civil servants.
— Oct 17, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT