[The Legislative Blog]: EFCC invites Jibrin for additional clarification on budget padding


It’s been almost one year since Honourable Yakubu Dogara shot to political limelight with the budget padding scandal that rocked the House of Representatives. The lawmaker accused three principal officers of the House of inserting N40billion into the 2016 national budget and after a dirty tussle, he was suspended by the leadership of the House for “bringing the image of the House to disrepute and public ridicule“.

In the heat of the scandal, Hon Jibrin had written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding a probe into Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Mr Yussuff Lasun, Hon Leo Ogor and Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, all the men he had raised allegations against.

For the first time this year, anti-graft agency, EFCC has again requested the presence of the suspended lawmaker to further clarify the petition he submitted to the agency. This is the second time Hon Jibrin will be visiting the EFCC office based on his petition.

In August 2016, Jibrin was reportedly quizzed for over five hours on his knowledge of the padded budget.

[Read about it here: EFCC grills Jibrin, to invite Dogara]

At the time, an EFCC operative told newsmen, “Jibrin came to our office to honour an invitation. His petition was voluminous and we needed clarification”. The agency equally promised to invite the accused Hon Dogara: “Based on the allegations and documents he submitted, we will invite other lawmakers, especially Dogara, and members of the appropriations committee”.

Although the agency is yet to make good on this promise, it is clear that some attention has been paid to Hon Jibrin’s petitions over the months, hence this fresh invitation.

Here’s the letter with which has invited the lawmaker (note it says in line 6 that there are “unfolding findings”, should Dogara start to worry?):

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