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Missing budget: Call to charge Enang with forgery

18 January 2016, 21:43

Abuja - A parliamentary advocacy group has called on the on the Government and Senate to sanction Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Ita Enang, for printing and supplying the House with a wrong version of President Muhammdu Buhari’s budget speech.

Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative suggested the prosecution of Enang for forgery.

“Now that it has been established without any iota of doubt that there was a case of forgery by Enang, Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative hereby called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate the prosecution of Senator Ita Enang for criminal act of forgery. We also call on the senate to come up with an appropriate sanction against Enang,” Oji said.

Oji said Enang, as a lawyer of over 25 years, could not claim ignorance of his actions.

“Moreover, Enang served a cumulative of 16 years as a lawmaker at the National Assembly, a pedigree that put him in ahead of other competitors and a better advantage for the job of the SSA to the President on National Assembly matters,” Oji added.

Also read: Missing budget: Panel questions five Senate workers 

The group also called on the All Progressive Congress (APC) to apologise to Nigerians.

“This is also the time for the APC A a party that rode to power on the high moral ground of anti corruption and transparency to come out publicly to apologiSe to Nigerians over the action of one of their own.”

Buhari laid the 2016 budget appropriation bill before a joint session of the National Assembly in December.

It was later reported that the said budget got missing from the National Assembly.

The senate subsequently constituted an ad hoc committee, of its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition to investigate the allegation.

The report of the ad hoc committee established that the 2016 budget bill was “smuggled out” and substituted with another by Enang. 





- CAJ News


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