The Transparency Group of the House of Representatives has on Wednesday demanded the probe of Speaker Yakubu Dogara and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the alleged budget padding.
This was made known during a briefing session of some journalists in Abuja.
They were pushing that Yakuba Dogara and other members of the House mentioned in the 2016 budget padding be investigated by relevant government agencies, including the former Chairman of the Appropriation Committee Abdulmumin Jibrin.
Jibrin alleged that the budget was increased using 10 of the 96 standing committees of the House.
Rep. Musa Soba (APC-Kaduna), while speaking on behalf of the Transparency Group said 113 signatures has been gathered across the six geo-political zones and across party before the Sallah break. He said this one done to compel the Speaker to explain the disparities in the budget.
“For this group, we say the budget was padded and as such, the budget being a document that belongs to all Nigerians, it is no longer an internal affair.” Sabo said.
“We urge the leadership of the House of Representatives to stop presenting the 2016 budget padding allegations as the problem of the entire house.”
“Let those at the centre of the controversy answer to all the allegations made against them individually and collectively in line with legal practice and our criminal justice system,” he also added.