AS the National Assembly resumes tomorrow, Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to “investigate and prosecute allegations of budget padding and abuse of office leveled against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as well as the Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and the Chief Whip, Hassan Ado Doguwa.” The suit dated September 15 was filed on behalf of SERAP by its Solicitor, Femi Falana, SAN. The mandamus suit reads in part: “this suit was borne out of the fact that it is the statutory responsibility of the EFCC to investigate and prosecute financial crimes in Nigeria.’ Unless the reliefs sought by SERAP are granted, the EFCC will not investigate Dogara, as well as Lasun; Ogor and Ado for grave financial and economic crimes. “This matter is presently generating a lot of public
concern and is presently in the front burner of national discourse thus germane to Nigerians. By the nature of the case, it ought to be heard urgently. It is in the interest of justice to hear this matter expeditiously. “The speaker, as well as the deputy speaker, minority leader and chief whip are not immune from investigation under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, even though the speaker has been talking tough, saying the EFCC cannot investigate him. “By virtue of Section 6 of the Economic and Fiancial Crimes
Commission Act, 2004, the EFCC is statutorily empowered to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crimes committed in Nigeria. The EFCC has failed, and or refused to investigate allegations of budget padding and abuse of office leveled against the speaker and others. “By a letter dated July 26 and signed by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation requested the EFCC to investigate allegations of budget padding and abuse of office leveled against the speaker and other principal officers of the House.”


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