Saturday, 30 July 2016

Alleged Budget Padding ;Appropriation committee office sealed by Dss.


Reports  reaching urban express news reveals now  that  department of   state security service had on Saturday sealed the secretariat of the House Committee on Appropriation
This closure comes in the hills of  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 announced his removal as chairman of Appropriation Committee on allegations that he committed serial betrayal of trust.
urban express learnt that  states service  officials stormed the secretariat, which serves as offices for the 40-member appropriation committee and its staff, and immediately placed it under lock and key.
The sources said the SSS also sealed Mr. Jibrin’s office at Room 1.05 in the New House of Representatives building.
The development followed Mr. Jibrin’s statement on Thursday that Mr. Dogara ordered removal of working activities  from the Appropriation Committee Secretariat and allegedly attempted to break into his office.
Mr. Jibrin had reportedly visited the SSS Headquarters on Friday to brief the agency about the budget padding scandal rocking the House. He also call  on EFCC and ICPC to commence investigation into the crisis with a view to prosecuting those involved.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, were unsuccessful as his phone was switched off

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