Sensitive documents have been discovered in the house of former Osun state deputy governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore by the EFCC.
Some informants in the anti-graft agency stated that a document revealed how N60billion was voted for extraneous overhead spending for some members of both arms of the National Assembly in the Sixth Assembly
Senator Omisore was the chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee between 2007 and 2011.
The EFCC is carrying out an investigation into the contents of the document in order to find out the legislators who got the said money.
Senator Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun state
A source from the anti-graft agency who preferred to be anonymous stated that when detectives went to ransack Senator Omisore’s home, they discovered the “budget padding” document in his bedroom.
The source said the former deputy governor joined issues with officials of the EFCC requesting why they were interested in the said document.
The unnamed person stated: “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.”
The anti-graft agency wants to get to the end of the issue as it has written to the management of the National Assembly to state why it paid N2.5billion to the former deputy governor.
The letter is coming after the EFCC found the strange remittance in Omisore’s account by the management while he was a senator.
On the other hand, the management while reacting to the EFCC said the former Senator was not awarded any contract or engaged for any service to have warranted such a payment.
In a follow-up letter, the EFCC told the management to be more “forthcoming on what the N2.5billion was meant for to have earned remittance into the account of the ex-deputy governor.”
The management of the National Assembly has up till the end of this week to clarify the “purpose of such a huge payment” to Senator Omisore.
There were indications that the commission may quiz two former National Assembly and Senate Clarks as well as and some management members of staff in the Finance Department, including directors.
According to EFCC findings, the unusual payment of N2.5billion was discovered when the screening of Omisore’s transactions was done in the course of investigating a N1.310billion illegally allocated to the deputy governor and three companies by the office of the national security adviser.
The source further said: “We were able to detect that the sum in question was transferred from the Skye Bank account of the National Assembly to Omisore’s account.
“We got a letter from the management that Omisore did not at any time execute any contract for the National Assembly or offer any service to be able to earn such a payment.
“We have written another letter to the management to explain why the money was paid to Omisore. We want those in the relevant desk behind the payment to guide the EFCC accordingly.
“We are expecting a detailed response from the management of the National Assembly, including vouchers for the payment and authorisation. Once we get their response, we will invite those connected with it.
“This was why we secured a court warrant to detain Omisore to get to the roots of this latest payment.”
About two weeks ago, reports had it that the EFCC froze the bank accounts of Senator Omisore, a former deputy governor of Osun state along with two sons of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state of defence.