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Saturday, 30 July 2016

POLITICS / CRIME NEWS: House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara to Sue Premium Times over Budget Padding

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is threatening to sue News media PREMIUM TIMES for publishing a “libellous” material circulated by a former chairman of House
Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin. Mr. Dogara said he gave this newspaper a seven-day grace period for it to retract and apologise for publishing the July 25 article unfolding budget padding scandal involving him, Mr. Dogara and other House principal officers.

Mr. Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, said Mr. Dogara colluded with his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Doguwa, and Minority Whip Leo Ogor to allot up to ₦40 billion to themselves in the budget. The lawmakers denied the allegations and said Mr. Jibrin was angry because he lost his position as chairman of Committee on Appropriation.

However, Members of the House of Representatives, under aegis of Transparency Group, yesterday, told the anti-graft agencies to wade into alleged padding of the 2016 budget by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara; his deputy, Yusuf Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa, and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, and ensure credible investigation.

The group also claimed that it had collected signatures from about 100 members of the House, cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the country and from different political parties, dissociating themselves from the media briefing by the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, saying the allegations had nothing to do with the entire House.
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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Boutoru Law Ebis and 2 others like this.

Yvonne Onaibe

Jibrin no want hear abeg o

Endy Edeson

@yvonne: it's a Political House of Commotion

Adesuyi Olukayode

IF DOGARA IS CLEAN ,HE SHOULD AHEAD SUE PREMIUM TIMES AND JUBRIN TO PROVE IS INNOCENSE. WE DONT WANT EMPTY THREAT JARE.

Samuel Fernando

Even Jibrin himself need to be checked cos he knew it all and could not say anything until Dogara removed him from chairing a committee he now blew the whistle. He's not serious at all

Ezeji Nnecky Chidinma

Tell me why these avengers will not continue with what they are doing

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