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Budget padding: Buhari gives DSS investigation go ahead

31 July 2016, 15:16

Abuja - Indications suggest that the police and Department of State Services have received the support of President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out a full investigation into the N480 billion budget padding in the House of Representatives, Punch reports.

The investigations serve as part of President Buhari's anti-graft war despite his closeness to the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara who is caught up in the budget padding scandal.

Also read: Full implementation of budget may be difficult, says CBN

Security agencies have now started scrutinizing documents to identify the civil servants who would need to be questioned in the scandal.

News24 Nigeria reported that Dogara has been accused of illegally inserting and allocating projects worth over N20 billion to their constituencies in the 2016 budget by the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Other principal officers accused in the budget padding scandal include his deputy, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun, chief whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and minority leader, Leo Ogorther.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News24 Nigeria


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