Abuja - 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, Punch reports.
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.
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Jibrin might be summoned before the end of the week to provide evidence on the allegations in his petition to investigators, who it was learnt, would also invite all the people mentioned by the petitioner.
News24 previously reported that Jibrin made more shocking revelations on how 10 standing committees secretly injected constituency projects worth N284 billion into the 2016 budget without the knowledge of the House.
The embattled lawmaker also claimed that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, allegedly convinced him to ship over N20 billion into the budget through Service Wide Vote.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Jibrin alleged that some cabals had hijacked the Speaker to always do their bidding.
He, however, said the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, and three other principal officers were not part of the secret deal, adding that the budget inputs inserted on their names were exclusively carried out by the speaker, his deputy, Yussuff Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
- News 24