Vanguard reports that a web of conspiracy was, yesterday, January 12, being woven around the circumstances that led to the disappearance from the Senate, of hard and soft copies of the 2016 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly last December.
The absence of the budget document, it was learned, led to the failure of the Senate to commence formal deliberations on the budget yesterday.
The controversy was further stoked at a closed-door session of the Senate where the issue reportedly split senators along partisan lines with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators accusing presidency officials of conspiring with the National Assembly bureaucracy to steal the budget document.
A senator, who attended the session, told Daily Sun that the disappearance of the document was announced by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume. The session lasted for over 90 minutes.
The Senate, as well as the House of Representatives were supposed to commence the consideration of the budget yesterday, but instead, adjourned after it considered only one motion.
During the brief plenary, Senate President did not make any reference to the supposed consideration of the budget. The Senate Leader, who ordinarily should have made the announcement, also kept mum about it.
In a related development, security agencies are “watch-listing” former PDP chairman, Adamu Muazu and a former principal private secretary to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Hassan Tukur, The Nation reports.
The two influential personalities are said to have been placed on the watch list over the alleged diversion of cash meant for arms into the 2015 election campaign and payment of huge ransom to unknown Boko Haram agents.