Budget Padding Scandal Lawmaker says DSS has not shut committee's secretariat

President Buhari has reportedly given the DSS and police the go-ahead to probe the scandal rocking the House of Representatives.

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House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin

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The Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation,  Mustapha Dawaki,  has denied reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) locked their secretariat.

It was reported that the DSS stormed the Green Chambers following a formal report made by the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Jibrin also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Speaking further on the reported closure of the appropriation committee’s secretariat, Dawaki said “All records are also intact and safe both hardware and software. In addition, our archival setup is properly kept and in order.

“Furthermore, no member of staff in the Secretariat of the committee has been subjected to any form of threat, intimidation or harassment from any quarter whatever.”

Following the report that the DSS locked the House committee’s secretariat, the Reps minority leader, Leo Ogor said the security agency has no business meddling into legislative matters.

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, also said the National Security Agencies Act limits the DSS to investigate crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, and not issues like the budget padding scandal.

President Buhari has reportedly given the DSS and police the go-ahead to probe the scandal rocking the House of Representatives.

READ: Buhari orders DSS to probe Dogara?

Africa Independent Television (AIT) also reported that there was no sign that the House of Representatives committee on appropriation's secretariat was locked.

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