A search team of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission operatives despatched to the Abuja home of the former Deputy Governor of Osun state, Iyiola Omisore have stumbled upon a questional document of suspected padding spanning up to N60 billion while the politician was a Nigerian senator.
According to Dailypost, the document shows how N60billion was voted for extraneous overhead expenses for some senators and members of the House of Representatives in the Sixth Assembly, according to EFCC sources.
Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun State, was the chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee between 2007 and 2011. The anti- graft agency is probing the document to identify the senators and members of the House of Representatives who got the largesse.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said when detectives went to search the Abuja home of the ex-deputy governor, they stumbled on the “budget padding” document in his bedroom.
The source said a sober Omisore joined issues with the EFCC operatives, asking why they were interested in the document.
The source said: “In the course of searching Omisore’s residence at 1, Kainji Crescent in Maitama, Abuja, we stumbled on a document on budget padding worth about N60billion for some Senators and House of Representatives.
“Immediately we picked the document, Omisore was a bit concerned. He asked our operatives to limit their investigation to only the N1.310billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) but we insisted that we are interested in the document.
“It contained a list of budget padding of about N60billion and how it was spread for some Senators and members of the House of Representatives from 2007 and 2011.
“A crack team is already looking into the details of the padding of the budget and the affected Senators and Representatives.
“Certainly, as a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, we expect him to speak on the document.
“The fact that Omisore proved difficult before we arrested him has actually paid off for EFCC. His stubbornness has assisted in opening new investigation frontiers. If he had honoured our invitation as a gentleman, we might not have been able to get these new areas of investigation.”
To get to the root of the matter, the EFCC has written to the management of the National Assembly to explain why it paid N2.5billion to Omisore.
The anti-graft war of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been widely criticized as a sinister plan to decimate the opposition party, PDP.