Abuja - The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and some eminent lawyers have called on the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House, who were allegedly involved in padding the 2016 budget to step down, Punch reports.
A former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was removed as the committee chairman two weeks ago, had 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.
A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) said leaders of the House, who had been implicated in the budget padding scam, should step aside from their positions in order to give way for thorough investigations.
Falana had, earlier in a statement on Sunday, urged the police and the nation’s anti-graft agencies to take over the investigations into the alleged scam from the Department of State Services.
News24 earlier reported that Ousted Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jubrin said that allegations made by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo that the National Assembly was riddled by corruption were valid.
He went so far as to claim that the House of Representatives was a victim of institutional corruption while at the same time stating that he had never played any part in corrupt activities while in the National Assembly.
- News 24