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113 Reps want EFCC to probe Dogara, others over budget padding

. .I will never apologise to Dogara- jibrin

Former house representatives chairman on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin,  has told Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the federal house of representatives, that he “will not and will never apologize to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust”.

Also, no fewer than 113 lawmakers have demanded for investigation into alleged budget padding in the house of Representatives by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement he released by himself on Wednesday, Jibrin said he had approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a date to submit his petition against Yakubu Dogara, the speaker.

He stated that he would not withdraw his allegations against Dogara, and three others members of the house leadership.

“Speaker Dogara has threatened legal action on me. Quite predictable. I know he will rush to court in order to invoke the house rules that matter in court can not be heard on the floor,” Jibrin said.

“He failed to realise that the law is not intended to protect corrupt people. It is such a shame. I have responded to their allegations rather than respond to mine, he is rushing to court. I stand by my allegations, I will not withdraw them.

“I am happy to announce that my lawyers have officially approached the EFCC and the ICPC towards working out a date for me to personally submit my petition against speaker Yakubu Dogara, deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, whip Alhassan Doguwa and minority leader Leo Ogor.

“I believe once a date is agreed with the anti-corruption agencies we would have begun the process of making these characters pay for abusing their office,” he said.

In same vein, the lawmakers under the umbrella of ‘Transparency Group’ of the House of Representatives on Wednesday demanded the investigation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

Apart from Dogara, those expected to be investigated by anti-graft agency are Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Doguwa, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor and Abdulmumin Jibrin.

They insisted that Dogara and other principal officers mentioned in the budget padding scam, and Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, be investigated by relevant “external” government agencies. Jibrin had alleged that the 2016 budget was jacked up using 10 of the 96 Standing Committees in the House.

 Speaking on behalf of the Transparency Group, Rep. Musa Soba (APC-Kaduna) claimed that about 113 signatures had been collected from lawmakers from the six geopolitical zones and across party lines before Sallah break. According to him, this is to compel the speaker to explain noticed discrepancies in the budget. 

“We call for an external investigation into the matter, to enable us know if our principal officers are guilty or not. 

“For this group, we say the budget was padded and as such, the budget being a document that belongs to all Nigerians, it is no longer an internal affair”, Sabo said.

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