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Budget padding: ‘Dogara, Jibrin, others guilty’

23 August 2016, 18:49

Abuja - Members of the Transparency Group in the House of Representatives said on Monday that despite the fact that all 10 principal officers had disowned the former Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, those accused by Jibrin were as guilty as their accuser, Punch reports.

The ex-appropriation chairman had alleged that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers  the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor. ‘padded’ the 2016 budget.

All 10 principal officers had in a joint statement on Thursday last week, admitted that the sacking of Jibrin was a “collective decision” of the leadership to punish him for “abusing” the budget.

The Transparency Group said that much as Dogara reserved the prerogative to appoint and fire a committee chairman, the sacking of Jibrin did not address the allegations he raised.

Rather, the group observed that Dogara, Lasun, Ado-Doguwa and Ogor were "as guilty as Jibrin."

Jibrin had last week said that Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor will soon be arrested by anti-graft agencies and charged for corruption according to News24.

He said he was confident this would happen because of the weighty petitions he submitted to the agencies against them.

- News 24


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