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Budget Padding: EFCC reveals next move

30 August 2016, 18:05

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has  revealed its next move against those who participated in the budget padding scandal, Herald reports.

The agency disclosed that it is currently carrying out preliminary investigation, adding that when the investigation is complete, they would invite the indicted persons.

The EFCC Deputy Director, Operations, Lagos Office, Iliyasu Kwarbai, said this on Monday while addressing a coalition of over 30 civil society organisations that took to the streets of Lagos to protest against the budget padding saga in the lower chambers of the National Assembly.

Embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has rescinded on his claims that legislators cannot prosecute him for budget padding.

According to News24, Dogara made his position known through a statement released by his media aide Turaki Hassan, while stating that he owes allegiance to the judiciary and institutions of law enforcement.

While displaying the true effect that the budget scandal has had on him, Dogara has made efforts to dismiss the allegations while claiming that those who seek his prosecution are not knowledgeable on the inner workings of the legislature.

His sentiments then changed when he attempted to protect members of the legislature while stating it is within their mandate to make changes to the budget, including padding.

After reaffirming that no funds had been misappropriated in the 2016 budget, Dogara then finally took to his Twitter page to say that he has now realized that "communication is key".

- News 24


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