Budget padding: Jibrin drags Dogara, others to four anti-corruption agencies


Erstwhile Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has announced that he would be visiting Nigeria’s major anti-corruption agencies Monday to buttress his allegation of budget padding against the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers of the lower chamber.


Making this announcement in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, he said he would fully cooperate with investigators to understand the depth of budget fraud and abuse of office by Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun; Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.

He wrote, “My lawyers have confirmed my appointments for today with security and anti corruption agencies to personally provide insight on my petition.”

“We will be at the ICPC 10am, DSS 12noon, EFCC 2pm and Police HQ 4pm. The law will surely catch up with the corrupt Speaker Dogara and others.”

Apart from Dogara and three other House principal officers, the lawmaker also accused 10 heads of committees of inserting 2000 projects worth N284 billion in the 2016 budget.

Giving a highlight of his petition, he said his case against Dogara and his colleagues included “corrupt enrichment, abuse of office and public trust, living above means, massive movement of funds in the budget.”