Re­fer bud­get padding al­le­ga­tion to EFCC, ICPC – SERAP tells Dog­ara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The So­cio-Eco­nomic Rights and Ac­count­abil­ity Project (SERAP) has urged the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, to re­fer to the EFCC and ICPC for in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the al­le­ga­tions that the lead­er­ship of the House at­tempted to pad this year’s bud­get by N40 bil­lion.

SERAP’s call fol­lowed al­le­ga­tions by a former chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Ap­pro­pri­a­tions, Ab­dul­munin Jib­rin, that Dog­ara and three other prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the House vic­tim­ized him for re­fus­ing to sup­port calls for im­mu­nity for pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers as well as the ap­proval of N40 bil­lion for prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers out of the N100­bil­lion ap­proved for mem­bers of the House for con­stituency projects.

In a state­ment yesterday, SERAP’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Adetokunbo Mu­muni, said: “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.”

The state­ment added: “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.”

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