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Reps divided on EFCC invitation over budget padding

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and two other top officials have said they have no knowledge of any invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the Forty Billion Naira budget padding allegations by a former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The other two are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuf Lasun; and the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.

Ado-Dogowa said no Principal Officer has received such invitation from the EFCC.

However, the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, admitted that the EFCC sent an invitation to him.

But he said he turned down the invitation because it did not follow the proper channel of writing him through the leadership of the House.

Ogor also accused the EFCC of conducting what he described as “trial by media” by informing the public that it had invited him when the agency was supposed to complete investigation and arraign him if it had any evidence against him.

He said in line with the EFCC Act, the anti-graft agency will also have to update him with the economic crime he committed before they started the media trial.

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