There are growing reports that the sacked former Director General of the Budget Office, Alhaji Yahaya Gusau and two other Directors in the office have been placed under house arrest.
Also, three other Directors in the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning have been placed under house arrest by the Department of Security Service, DSS and operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over their alleged role in the controversial padding of the 2016 appropriation document.
This is coming just as the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations invited the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and her counterpart in the Budget and Planning, Udoma Udo Ndoma, in respect to the padding of the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
Others invited by the committee are: the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF and the Director-General of Budget Office of the Federation.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin who gave the directive explained that grey areas relating to alleged infractions and padding observed by various standing committees during the interface with the ministers and heads of departments and agencies would be addressed.
Similarly, Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara directed chairmen of all the standing committees to submit and defend their MDAs’ budget within 24 hours or risk zero budget for 2016. Out of the 97 standing committees inaugurated by the speaker, only 15 have so far submitted and defended their budgets before the Appropriations Committee, it was gathered.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that, following the infractions observed in the budget estimates, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Tijani Abdullahi as the new Director-General in charge of the Budget Office of the Federation.
A highly placed source at the EFCC yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that a joint team of DSS and EFCC operatives have laid siege on the official residence of the affected public servants in order to prevent them from absconding from the country.
According to the source, from initial investigations, the embattled former Director General, Alhaji Gusau, the two directors in the Budget Office along with the three directors in the Ministry of Budget and Planning, allegedly conspiring with some MDAs, doctored the budget and collected unspecified huge sums of money.
He said that the former DG in the Budget Office has a case to answer before the operatives of the EFCC bordering on fraud, theft, conspiracy to steal and money laundering.
——Thomas Alero With additional reports from Nigerian Pilot