A man identified as Kabiru beat security checks at the National Assembly complex and gained entry into a reps member’s office where he stole some dollars and other valuable items.
The suspect, reports say, sneaked into the lawmaker’s office “located on the fourth floor of the Assembly complex using a master key around 2:30pm on Friday and made away with the hard currency and some other office equipment including computers, photocopy machine and printer.”
SaharaReporters’ reporting shows Kabiru was a Special Assistant to one lawmaker from Adamawa State and was known by many people in the complex.
He was said to have been identified by security operatives, who analysed the footage before he was arrested.
Few moments after Kabiru was caught, a cluster of lawmakers including Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Benjamin Kalu, security personnel were all sighted at the ground floor of the complex where the suspect was being held.
Reports further show that there was pressure from the boss of the suspect to release him and bury the matter.
A CCTV footage obtained of the incident showed the suspect while carrying out the operation and has since confessed to the crime, according to SaharaReporters.
It was gathered that a similar incident took place last week when the office of Hon. Ali Datti Yaku representing Bebeji Constituency of Kano State located on the third floor of the complex was burgled by unknown persons, who made away with valuable items.
SCOOPER had meanwhile, reported how unknown persons are reported to have burgled the Niger State House of Assembly in Minna carting away not less than N15 million.
It was learnt that the target of the burglars was the strong room of the state legislature, where most of the money meant for the day-to-day running of the assembly is usually kept.
Part of the money stolen was said to be for the upkeep allowance of a lawmaker including his furniture allowance said to be about N6 million.
Another legislator was reported to have lost approximately N3 million when the strong room was forced open.
The burglary was discovered when a lawmaker went to the Assembly complex Saturday and approached the accounts department messenger that he wanted to deposit money in the strongroom for safe keeping till Monday.
It was gathered that the messenger led the lawmaker to the department only to find out that the door to the strongroom had been forced open and investigations revealed that the only item stolen was the money kept there for safe keeping
The incident was reported to the police leading to the arrest and detention of virtually all staff of the accounts department.
No staff of the Assembly was prepared to speak on the matter, but the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, when contacted, confirmed the theft but not the amount stolen.
“I can confirm an incident of house breaking and theft, we are investigating the matter,” Abiodun said.
Meanwhile, additional security has been provided in the Assembly complex with those coming and going out being thoroughly checked.
In other news, President Muhammdu Buhari presented the 2021 budget estimate to a joint session of the National Assembly.
The proposed expenditure is put at N13.08 trillion with a crude oil benchmark price of $40 per barrel and daily oil production estimate of 1.86 million barrels (inclusive of condensates of 300,000 to 400,000 barrels per day).
This also includes N1.35 trillion spending by Government Owned Enterprises and Grants and Aid funded expenditure of N354.85 billion.
The budget contains recurrent expenditure of N5.65 trillion, personnel cost of N3.76 trillion and debt service of N3.12 trillion.
Statutory transfers has been put at N484.4 billion while Pension, Gratuities & Retirees Benefits was put at N501.19 billion and Overhead cost at N625.50 billion.
A projected inflation rate of 11.95 per cent and GDP growth rate of 3.00 per cent was considered.
The president budgeted N128 billion for the National Assembly and N63.5 billion for the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Based on the foregoing fiscal assumptions and parameters, total federally distributable revenue is estimated at N8.433 trillion in 2021. Total revenue available to fund the 2021 Federal Budget is estimated at N7.886 trillion. This includes Grants and Aid of N354.85 billion as well as the revenues of 60 Government-Owned Enterprises.
The deficit, Mr. Buhari said, will be financed mainly by new borrowings totaling N4.28 trillion, N205.15 billion from Privatisation Proceeds and N709.69 billion in drawdowns on multilateral and bilateral loans secured for specific projects and programmes.
Oil revenue is projected at N2.01 trillion. Non-oil revenue is estimated at N1.49 trillion.
Other allocations include N29.7 billion for the North East Development Commission, N110 billion for the Nigerian Judicial Council, N70.05 billion for UBEC and N40 billion for the electoral umpire, INEC.
Mr. Buhari said the 2021 budget is titled ‘Economic Recovery and Resilience’ with the aim of promoting economic diversity and enhancing social inclusion.
Others are Public Complaints Commission – N5.20 billion; Human Rights Commission – N3.00 billion; and Basic Health Care Provision Fund – N35.03 billion.
President Buhari also said in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007, all beneficiaries of Statutory Transfers will be required to provide the Budget Office of the Federation with periodic reports on the allocation and expenditure of funds for inclusion in the quarterly Budget Implementation Report.
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