Abuja - The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for an independent probe into the alleged N40 billion 2016 budget padding by the National Assembly, Nation reports.
SERAP’s Executive Director Adetokunbo Mumuni on Sunday, in a statement, urged Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to allow the anti-graft agencies probe allegations of budget padding by its leadership.
He advised the Speaker to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the allegation.
The executive director said the leadership of the House was alleged to have padded the 2016 budget by N40 billion.
“SERAP’s call follows allegations by the last Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin, that the Speaker and three other principal officers attempted to approve N40 billion of N100 billion approved for constituency projects.
News24 earlier reported that emerging reports have revealed evidence implicating House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, in the padding of the 2016 budget.
The newly found evidence has backed previous claims made by Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman of the House Committee for Appropriations, through a series of hand-written documents showing Dogara's involvement.
In addition, the Speaker is alleged to have close ties with Iyiola Omisore, a Nigerian businessman and politician who was previously Deputy Governor of Osun State.
Dogara has since reacted to the allegations, stating that the timing of the reports is suspicious and that he wonders why Jibrin kept the news to himself for this long.
- News 24