Budget Padding Scandal Police IG sets up panel to investigate allegations

The investigative panel has subsequently invited Dogara and others named in the scandal to appear before it on Friday, August 5, reports say.

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House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin play

House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has set up a five-man panel to investigate the alleged padding of the 2016 budget by House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other lawmakers.

The investigative panel has subsequently invited Dogara and others named in the scandal to appear before it on Friday, August 5, reports say.

“We have commenced full investigation into the N284billion budget padding in the House of Representatives based on a petition from Hon. Jibrin,” a police source told The Nation.

“As I am talking to you (4pm yesterday), a letter of invitation has been addressed and sent to the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Whip and the Minority Leader.

“They will be interrogated by the SIP on Friday. As a prelude to the invitation of the principal officers, the SIP chairman and members had a session with Jibrin on Tuesday.

“It was not a grilling session. But Jibrin furnished the team with vital information and a heap of documents to back up the petition he submitted on Monday.

“We are going into the merit or otherwise of the petition on Friday by inviting Dogara and three others. It is going to be a gradual thing but we will crack the padding controversy,” the source added.

The allegations were made by the former Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Other reps involved are Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.

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