Budget padding scandal: Officially, Nigeria Police Force begins investigation, invites Speaker Dogara and co.

A five-man special team has been raised by the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to probe the alleged padding of the budget by House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and some of his principal officers.

 

 

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Amodu Ali-led Special Investigative Panel (SIP) has invited Dogara, his deputy Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor to appear before it on Friday.

 

 

Meanwhile, the panel on Tuesday had ‘a preliminary session’ with ousted House Committee on Appropriations chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin, who accused Dogara and others of padding the budget with N284 billion.

 

 

A highly-placed police source, it is understood, said Ibrahim has directed the SIP to conduct a ‘comprehensive investigation into Jibrin’s petition.’

 

 

The source said: “We have commenced full investigation into the N284billion budget padding in the House of Representatives based on a petition from Hon. Jibrin.

 

A Special Investigative Panel (SIP), with a crack detective, AIG Amodu Ali as the chairman, is the one saddled with the responsibility of looking into the allegations in the petition. The same Ali uncovered the lid on the $620 000 bribery scam in the House for which a former Chairman of the House Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Farouk Lawan, and the Clerk of the committee, Boniface Emenalo were indicted. The case is in court.

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC), had on Monday, made effort to intervene in the media war rocking its members in the House of Representatives over allegations of padding the 2016 budget.

 

 

The party has invited lawmakers elected on its platform for an emergency meeting to resolve the crisis.

 

 

In a letter dated August 1, 2016, and signed by the APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party said the refusal of its members in the lower chamber to respond to its calls and text messages necessitated the invitation letter to them.

 

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