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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Alleged Budget Padding: SERAP Demands For Probe



SERAP demands immediate probe into allegation of padding in the 2016 budget.
 The civil rights group believes that the EFCC should intervene by digging into the padding allegation.



The civic groups’ demand came in the wake of fresh allegations of unethical inflation of budget figures by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers during the consideration of the 2016 budget proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Leading the charge against Hon. Dogara was Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, who said the Speaker colluded with his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Doguwa, and Minority Whip Hon Leo Ogor to earmark up to ₦40 billion to themselves in the National Assembly budget.
The lawmakers denied the allegations and said Hon. Jibrin was expressing the scorn he felt after being sacked as chairman of Committee on Appropriation amid allegations of serial betrayal of the House.
Hon. Jibrin in turn denied the allegations, saying he was being victimised for asserting himself as an independent voice and that the he willingly resigned because he had grown disillusioned with the position.
The budget was passed and signed into law by Mr. Buhari in April.
Hon. Dogara should “urgently refer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for an effective and independent investigation on the allegations that the leadership of the House attempted to pad this year’s budget to the tune of N40 billion and that the member who blew the whistle was victimized for opposing immunity for principal officers,” the executive director of SERAP, Adetokunboh Mumuni, said.

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