Budget padding saga: Jubrin alleges plot to destroy evidence

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumuni Jubrin has raised an allegation that the embattled Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara is making frantic efforts to destroy evidences linking him to series of allegations of padding the 2016 budget. In a statement he issued on Thursday, Jubrin wrote that “Speaker Dogara has ordered that all the computers in the appropriation secretariat be shut down and moved to his office as if that is the answer to the allegations I raised.”

According to him, “The secretariat workers are being harassed to keep quiet and suppress facts. There has also been an attempt to break into my office at the House.

“I know he wants to tamper with documents critical to his and three others future investigation and prosecution but unfortunately for him we already have enough evidence in our possession. The security and anti -corruption agencies should kindly take note. ”

Jubrin used the opportunity provided by the state statement to lampoon members of the Gombe Reps Caucus who had accused him of waging a “campaign of calumny,” against the House through the series of allegations that he has raised.

“Five members of the Gombe caucus addressed the press today (Thursday) in a show of shame and succeeded in only rehearsing the accusation of lies leveled against me by Speaker Dogara.

“Two of them are part of the list of corrupt members I will be submitting to the EFCC. My response to them is they should simply read my full reply released yesterday and join the Transparency Group (TG), an alliance of hundreds of members to cleanse the House of corruption and corrupt members.

“They should act honourably by calling on Speaker Dogara to listen to the call of Nigerians to reconvene the House immediately so that an independent investigation can commence.”

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