Group Demands Prosecution of Those Involved in Budget Padding

A coalition of 32 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Monday stormed the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), demanding the prosecution of those involved in the budget padding scandal in the House of Representatives.
The protesters demanded the anti-graft body to wade in, investigate and prosecute those responsible for the padding.
They wondered why the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy, Lasun Yusuf, House Minority Leader Leo Ogor, among others, have neither been invited nor interrogated or prosecuted over the matter.
They argured that the issue has to do with the tax, payers’ money and so it cannot be reduced to an in-house matter or party affairs.
Executive Director, Conscience Nigeria and Centre for Public Accountability, Comrades Tosin Adeyanju and Femi Lawson led the peaceful protest after which a petition was presented to the EFCC Deputy Director, Operations, Iliyasu Kwarbai for onward delivery to the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
In the petition, the CSOs said they are disturbed that there is a grand conspiracy to sweep the matter under the carpet despite its enormity.
Kwarbai assured them that the commission would forward the petition to the headquarters in Abuja, saying the Commission had received many petitions in respect of the matter from members of the public, adding the matter is under investigation.
He said, “The issue of padding in the National Assembly in which some allegations have been raised against the Speaker and some other persons, we are already in receipt of petitions from some other members of the public and investigation is going on in Abuja.
“We are very happy that you are here and we are in solidarity with you. We are very happy that you are joining us in the fight against corruption. The fight is not for EFCC alone, it is for everybody.”

Author: News Editor

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