Federal Government has started compiling list of legislators in the Senate and House of Reps said to be involved in the “deals” with regards to the constituency projects earmarked for them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets, which were not executed.
The sum of N100bn was earmarked for constituency projects in each of the 2014 and 2015 budgets, to the surprise of the Presidency there is nothing on ground to show for the money.
The worth of constituency projects totalled N200bn for the two years.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), told Punch on Sunday that the compilation was being done by the police, EFCC and ICPC.
Though he declined to give details “in order not to pre-empt investigation,” the AGF said the funds, the names of legislators and the constituency projects that were not executed would be made public.
He said his office and the law enforcement agencies had received complaints of how payments were made for constituency projects that were never executed.
He said, “The money for constituency projects had been taken, but certain allegations prevailed that some constituency projects were not executed after the money had been paid 100 per cent.
“If money is appropriated in the budget, paid and the projects the funds were meant for were not executed, it is only natural to take steps to find out what happened. If neither the money nor the project can be produced, then you must take steps in accordance with the law.
“There are cases that are specific; we are compiling them. I will not want to pre-empt investigation, we have to allow investigation to be concluded before we go public.”
When asked if the EFCC or ICPC are involved in probing the constituency project fraud, the minister responded, “including the police.”