Budget padding: EFCC starts investigation of Yakubu Dogara

*Hon Abdulmumini Jibrin to appear before EFCC investigators again

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over allegations of budget padding.

www.gongnews.net would recall that the suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin had blown the whistle on Dogara to vent anger over his removal and suspension.

To help in the investigation, therefore, the anti-graft agency has invited Hon Abdulmumini Jibrin to provide with information at his disposal that will help the investigation.

The Speaker is under investigation over allegations that he illegally added figures to Nigeria’s 2016 budget after it was passed by parliament.

A letter from the EFCC dated 9th June, signed by the acting Head of Extractive Industry Grid Section, Michael Wetkas said: “The commission has commenced investigation into the petition of corrupt practices and abuses of office reported on 1st August, 2016, by Hammart and Co. (Tafida Chambers) on your behalf against Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Hon. Yussuf Lasun, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, Hon. Leonard Ogor and others.

“In furtherance of the investigation and due to unfolding findings, it has become imperative to request that you attend another interview with the team.

The recipient confirmed receipt of the letter. Hon Abdulmumini Jibrin in a statement issued in Abuja said: “I received invitation from the EFCC for another interview to clarify some issues to enable the commission conclude investigation on my petition against some principal officers of the House on 2016 budget fraud, corruption and abuse of office.

“I am also aware that the EFCC have been investigating the petition I submitted and far reaching discoveries were made. It is also noteworthy that this invitation is coming at a time that some revelations were made last week.

“The revelations with details of how the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, used his company where he is the signatory to the accounts to execute constituency project contracts completely against the laws of our land.

“It is however worrisome that in his response, Ogor admitted the offence and even boasted that there is nothing wrong in what he did as quoted by The Nation newspaper.

“In due course, I will expose a lot of other issues in the 2017 budget that will shock Nigerians whether the authority decides to act on it or not.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to combat corruption but two years later, Nigeria is yet to witness any conviction.

More so, none of his own senior advisors indicted has been prosecuted or suspended after a Senate investigation into reports of embezzlement.

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