SERAP asks Dogara invite EFCC, ICPC probe budget padding

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Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumini: spilled the beans on budget padding

Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumini: spilled the beans on budget padding

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to “urgently refer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) the allegation that the leadership of the House attempted to pad this year’s budget to the tune of N40 billion.

This, in the view of SERAP will make for ” an effective and independent investigation”.

The member of the House who blew the whistle, Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked chairman of the Appropriations Committee claimed the money was meant for principal officers of the House, their share of the N100billion vote for Constituency projects for the entire members. He also claimed he was victimised for opposing immunity for principal officers.”

In a statement today by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni the organization said that, “Given the seriousness and gravity of the allegations against the leadership of the House, any investigation by the House would not be enough, as this would not meet the threshold of an effective, transparent and independent investigation. Nigerians won’t have confidence in the House investigating itself in this case.”

Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives

“Referring the allegations to both the EFCC and the ICPC for a joint investigation would show that the House leadership is willing and able to enhance the transparency and accountability of its system and that of the National Assembly as a whole.”

“The Speaker must now move swiftly to refer the allegations to the EFCC and the ICPC to allow for a swift, transparent, effective and independent investigation in order to contain the damage that is already done, but also not to create the impression of a cover up. There must be full accountability for any leader …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper