Budget Scandal: FG May Withdraw Dogara’s Security Details - Vanguard

Sunday that security details of
the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Yakubu Dogara
may be withdrawn on the orders
of the Federal Government over the controversy surrounding the
2016 budget.
It was also gathered that a
document linking the Majority
leader of the House, Femi
Gbajabimila with constituency projects worth over N4 billion
which is domiciled in Osun and
Niger States against the initial
N1.8 billion constituency
projects allocated to him was in
circulation. This is just as the secretariat of
the House Appropriation
Committee was on Sunday still
under the watch of about four
security operatives.
Security sources hinted that the withdrawal of security aides to
the principal officers allegedly
fingered in the budget brouhaha
was ensure that there was no
obstruction on the course of
investigations. Investigations revealed that the
security personnel that were
guiding the appropriation
committee secretariat were not
the regular operatives from the
National Assembly. Meanwhile about 27 civil society
organisations have raised the
alarm of alleged conspiracy with
external forces against the
leadership of the House of
Representatives, saying that if nothing was done to apply
caution, it would threaten the
democracy in the country.
Addressing journalists in Abuja,
the national coordinator of
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA,
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
alongside other 26 CSOs, said "It
is disingenuous for the sacked
Appropriation committee
chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin to make any claims of exposing
massive corruption in the House,
accusing speaker Yakubu
Dogara of moves to personally
smuggle N30bn into 2016
budget." He said that the understanding
of the powers of the National
Assembly seems to say that the
legislature is constitutionally
empowered to vet proposed
budget since these elected officials were not rubber stamps
of the president.