Budget Padding: Police Panel Re-Invites Hon Jibrin For Questioning

Abdulmumin Jibrin

The Police Special Investigation Panel (SIP) has re-invited former House of Representatives’ Appropriation Committee chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin for questioning over his petition on alleged padding.
The panel, it was learnt, wants him to clear some grey areas in the petition
Jibrin is expected to appear before the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Amodu Ali-led panel either today or on Monday.
The SIP has shifted the planned interrogation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun , Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor till after its session with Jibrin.
It was learnt that the panel will communicate a new date to the four principal officers, who were earlier given a date for today.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the panel observed some gaps in Jibrin’s petition.
A top source in the police said: “Having gone through the petition, the panel has discovered that more documents are required to be able to isolate allegations which the four principal officers will respond to.
“The SIP on Thursday (yesterday) invited Jibrin to bring more documents to fill in some gaps in our profiling of his petition.
“We expect Jibrin to be with us either on Friday (today) or on Monday. After getting all documents, we will then formally quiz Jibrin on record.
“We have shifted the interaction with the principal officers until we are done with Jibrin. So, the invitation which they received has been postponed.
“A new date will be communicated to the principal officers.
“If you look at Jibrin’s activities after submitting the petition, he has been making more revelations. New investigative clues have come up from his comments on his tweeter handle and in interviews that granted. We have different figures to investigate which include: N284billion, N90billion, N40billion and N20billion, the amount bandied at various times.
“The list of suspects has also been growing on a daily basis. Jibrin has to appear before the panel to assist it to streamline all the allegations and the suspects.
Jibrin had alleged that about 2,000 projects worth N284billion were “inserted” into the 2016 budget.
He insisted that Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa and Ogor must resign for “unfettered” investigation into the budget scam.
Jibrin said: “I strongly believe with every conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what transpired during 2016 budget, which I have all the facts and documents Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority Leader, Ogor should resign.