• Why I cannot be interrogated, tried over budget padding scandal – Dogara shares reasons

    Why I cannot be interrogated, tried over budget padding scandal – Dogara shares reasons

    Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, gave reasons why he failed to surrender himself to be interrogated by the Police Special Investigating Panel over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

    Dogara, who spoke at an interactive session with Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in Abuja, on one-year review of the 8th House of Representatives Legislative Agenda, said he enjoys statutory protection under the Legislative Houses Powers & Privileges Act.

    The event was organized by the Policy &Legal Advocacy Center, […]

  • Police re-invite Jibrin for questioning over budget padding scandal

    Police re-invite Jibrin for questioning over budget padding scandal

    The Police Special Investigation Panel (SIP) has re-invited former House of Representatives’ Appropriation Committee chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin for questioning over his petition on alleged padding.

    The panel, it was learnt, wants him to clear some grey areas in the petition

    Jibrin is expected to appear before the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Amodu Ali-led panel either today or on Monday.

    The SIP has shifted the planned interrogation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun , Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority […]

  • Don’t judge Dogara, others over budget padding scandal – Gbajabiamila

    Don’t judge Dogara, others over budget padding scandal – Gbajabiamila

    The leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Monday said fellow lawmakers and by extension all Nigerians, should not judge the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers accused of “insertions” of billions into the 2016 budget.

    Gbajabiamila made the appeal Monday in a statement to his colleagues made available to National Assembly reporters.

    “Yes, allegations have been made but I strongly believe judgment should not be passed based on allegations. We operate a constitutional […]

  • DSS seals Reps appropriation c’ttee secretariat over budget padding scandal

    DSS seals Reps appropriation c’ttee secretariat over budget padding scandal

    Agents of Nigeria’s secret police, Department Security Service (DSS), on Saturday sealed the secretariat of the House Committee on Appropriation, according to report.

    The closure marked the latest development in the ongoing political and media war between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and a lawmaker from Kano State, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over alleged manipulation of line items and figures in the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

    Mr. Jibrin began working to oust Mr. Dogara from office a day after the Speaker […]

  • Budget padding scandal confirms my position on National Assembly – Obasanjo

    Budget padding scandal confirms my position on National Assembly – Obasanjo

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said the ongoing revelation on budget padding in the National Assembly only confirmed his earlier position that lawmakers are “armed robbers and rogues.”

    He said the best way out of the current mess was to ensure that only men of integrity are elected into the National Assembly.

    Obasanjo spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The former President said he was sure that those who did not […]

  • Dogara: Reps divided over N40b budget padding scandal

    Dogara: Reps divided over N40b budget padding scandal

    Memebers of the House of Representatives are sharply divided over revelations by ousted Chairman of the House Committee on Appropria­tions, Abdulmumin Jibrin that Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his Deputy Yussuf Lasun pad­ded the 2016 budget with N40 billion for projects to be locat­ed in their constituencies.

    Jibrin in his statement issued on Thursday night, entitled: “My Resignation”, demanded that Dogara, Lasun, Majority Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor resign because they allocated N40 billion to themselves in the last […]