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Budget Padding Scandal: Police To Question Jibrin Over Allegations

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The Police Special Investigation Panel is set to question the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin in connection with the budget padding scandal.

Jibrin has accused Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other lawmakers of padding the 2016 budget.

“Having gone through the petition, the panel has discovered that more documents are required to be able to isolate allegations which the four principal officers will respond to,” a source told The Nation.

“The SIP on Thursday (yesterday) invited Jibrin to bring more documents to fill in some gaps in our profiling of his petition. We expect Jibrin to be with us either on Friday (today) or on Monday. After getting all documents, we will then formally quiz Jibrin on record.

“We have shifted the interaction with the principal officers until we are done with Jibrin. So, the invitation which they received has been postponed. A new date will be communicated to the principal officers.

“If you look at Jibrin’s activities after submitting the petition, he has been making more revelations. New investigative clues have come up from his comments on his Twitter handle and in interviews that granted. We have different figures to investigate which include: N284billion, N90billion, N40billion and N20billion, the amount bandied at various times.

“The list of suspects has also been growing on a daily basis. Jibrin has to appear before the panel to assist it to streamline all the allegations and the suspects,” he added.

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Also named in the alleged scam are Deputy Speaker, Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.

Jibrin has reported the case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and is calling for the accused persons to be jailed.

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