The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a formal probe into alleged padding of the twenty-sixteen federal budget, with the former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jirbin being grilled for seven hours.
The Presidency reassured Nigerians that there was no cause for alarm over the controversy while given the decision of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to handle the matter as a domestic issue.
Meanwhile, supporters of Speaker Yakubu Dogara were, yesterday, basking in the assurance of having collected more than two hundred signatures in the three hundred and sixty member House to drum support for the speaker.
Jibrin, who raised the allegations of padding of the budget against Speaker Dogara and four other principal officers of the House, was the first to be quizzed in what EFCC officials claimed would be a thorough investigation to get to the root of the matter.
EFCC operatives reportedly asked him to authenticate his claims about the alleged improprieties and also questioned a petition written against him by some aggrieved youths that he Jibrin used his position to loot four hundred and eighteen million naira through fake contracts from the National Refugees Commission.
Jibrin, who arrived the EFCC premises around 10 a.m., did not leave until 5 p.m. yesterday.
Jibrin also filed more allegations against Dogara and his principal officers, accusing them of maintaining guest houses at the expense of government.