Abuja - Investigations have revealed that the impeachment process against the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has commenced.
The Speaker 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.
Some lawmakers according to Naij, said they have started collecting signatures to have the indicted lawmakers removed because the allegations amount to a dent on the integrity of, not just the House, but the National Assembly.
One of the lawmakers said they are shocked that despite efforts to sanitise the system, Dogara and his clique still found a way around the budget and inserted items after the budget had been passed and on transition to the executive arm.
News24 previously reported that The 'Transparency Group' of the House of Representatives on Wednesday demanded the investigation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.
The lawmakers made this known in Abuja while briefing journalists.
They insisted that Dogara and other principal officers mentioned in the budget padding scam, and Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, be investigated by relevant "external" government agencies.
Jibrin had alleged that the 2016 budget was jacked up using 10 of the 96 Standing Committees in the House.
- News 24