Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secretly begun investigating the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara after it was alleged that he along with other principal officers had padded the 2016 budget, Naij reports.
The EFCC has discretely invited some finance directors of federal ministries and agencies for investigation.
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They are to appear before the agency with details of their draft budgets and provide information on what was finally approved by the national assembly.
News24 reported that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and some eminent lawyers called on Dogara to step down.
A former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was removed as the committee chairman, alleged that the four principal officers requested the inclusion of N40bn projects in the 2016 budget.
Other principal officers named in the budget padding saga are the Deputy
Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the
Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
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- News 24