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Police get three versions of 2016 budget as probe begins

09 August 2016, 14:03

Abuja - The police have retrieved three versions of the budget from ousted House of Representatives Appropriations Committee chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin as probe of his allegation of padding commenced, Nation reports.

Jibrin had petitioned the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies, alleging the padding of Budget 2016 by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Minority Leader Leo Ogor and nine others.

He claimed that they inserted about 2000 projects worth N284 billion into the budget.

Jibrin, who submitted more documents on the matter to the investigators, may appear before the panel again either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

News24 previously reported that there are indications that the police have begun probing the allegations of budget padding levelled against the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers by a former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Adbdulmumin Jibrin.

The police leadership had directed detectives to probe the allegations by a former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Adbdulmumin Jibrin that the Speaker connived with his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, the Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, and  the Minority Whip, Leo Ogor, to earmark N40bn  to themselves in the 2016 National Assembly budget.

Jibrin, who was sacked by the House leadership last week, claimed that he was being victimised by the Speaker because he objected to a request from Dogara that he (Jibrin) should allocate projects worth N40bn to him in the 2016 budget.

- News 24


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