Budget padding: SERAP calls for full investigation by EFCC, ICPC

A rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Sunday, called for an independent investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) into the alleged N40 billion 2016 budget padding by the National Assembly.

According to the Executive Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, should allow the anti-graft agencies investigate the allegations of the budget padding by the leadership of the National Assembly to save his name.

“SERAP’s call follows allegations by the immediate past Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin, that the Speaker and three other principal officers of the House attempted to approve N40 billion out of N100 billion approved for members for constituency projects.

“Jibrin claimed that he has also been victimised for refusing to support immunity for presiding officers.”