SOCIO-ECONOMIC Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has asked Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to step aside from his office for investigation into alleged budget padding by the Economic and Financial CrimesCommission, EFCC. The organisation in an open letter to the speaker asked him to ensure that other principal officers of the House, suspected to be involved in the alleged padding to also step down pending the outcome of the investigation by the anti- corruption agency. The letter which dated 29 July, 2016 was signed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni. It reads in parts, “Following confirmation received by SERAP from the EFCC that it has taken up and looking into SERAP’s petition to the body on the allegations that the leadership of the House of Representatives padded the 2016 budget to the tune of N481 billion, SERAP is now writing to request you to immediately step aside from
your position as Speaker of the House of Representatives pending the outcome of the investigation. “We also urge you to ensure that other principal officers of the House suspected to be involved in the alleged padding, step aside from their positions to allow for the investigation by the EFCC and other agencies to go ahead unhindered. “SERAP has also reviewed several documents circulating on the internet on the alleged budget padding and we believe that these documents establish a prima-facie case of corruption, which deserves a thorough, transparent, independent and effective investigation by the EFCC and other agencies.” “In the circumstances, SERAP calls on you to demonstrate your often-expressed commitment to transparency, accountability, constitutionalism, democratic governance and the rule of law in Nigeria by now stepping aside from your position as Speaker and to ensure that other principal officers suspected to be involved in the budget padding do the same, pending the outcome of the investigation already by the EFCC.”


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