In a recent raid of his Abuja residence, a document showing how N60 billion was voted for extraneous overhead expenses for some senators and members of the House of Representatives in the 6th Assembly was uncovered.
Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun State, was the chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee between 2007 and 2011.
An EFCC source said they stumbled on the “budget padding” document in Omisore’s bedroom and that the former deputy governor asked them why they were interested in the document.
An EFCC source narrated:
“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 N60 billion 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 N1.310 billion 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 N60 billion 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 EFCC is ready to get to the root of the matter, as it has already written to the management of the National Assembly to explain why it paid N2.5 billion to Omisore when he was a serving senator.
In a response to the EFCC, signed by a top official, the management said Omisore was not awarded any contract or engaged for any service to have warranted such a payment.
In a follow-up letter, the anti-graft agency mandated the management to be more “forthcoming on what the N2.5 billion was meant for to have earned remittance into the account of the ex-deputy governor”, adding that it has up till the end of this week to clarify the “purpose of such a huge payment” to an individual.
There were indications that the Commission may quiz two former National Assembly and Senate Clerks as well as some management staff in the Finance Department, including directors.
“We are expecting a detailed response from the management of the National Assembly, including vouchers for the payment and authorization. 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.”