Budget padding: Sagay c’ttee to send report on Jibrin to Presidency, EFCC

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By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOS—CHAIRMAN Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, yesterday, said the outcome of the 2016 budget padding scandal would be forwarded to the Presidency and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the next line of action.

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He, however, refused to disclose if the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, would appear before his committee to defend himself, saying: “I cannot tell you that at this point in time.”

Former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, met with the Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee over the alleged budget padding scandal.

Sagay had earlier told Vanguard that the outcome of his committee’s findings could be sent to either the Presidency or EFCC, adding: “Definitely, a report will be written and it will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities with recommendations. It could be either.”

Asked whether necessary sanctions would be recommended for those found culpable in the scandal, Sagay said: “You know in a matter like this, you cannot say anyone is found culpable yet. When an issue arises and someone forwards a petition to us, because this is like a petition, it could be oral or written.

“In this case, it is both, then when a case has been made, we will forward it to the EFCC, which will then do a proper investigation and decide whether or not there is need for prosecution.”


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