Wednesday, August 24

Budget Padding: Anti-Graft panel to quiz Jibrin

The Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption has reportedly invited a former chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abulmumin Jibrin, over the unfolding budget padding scandal.

The invitation followed repeated calls from Mr. Jibrin that anti-graft agencies should investigate the veracity of his scathing petitions against the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and some other lawmakers.

The letter said Mr. Jibrin should appear before the anti-corruption panel at the Meeting Room of PACAC which is situated on the 1st Floor, Phase I, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Building, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Time: 11:00 a.m.
Bolaji Owasanoye, the executive secretary of PACAC who signed the letter on behalf of the committee, said Mr. Jibrin had “forwarded a petition and requested” an appointment.

The invitation by PACAC could give Mr. Jibrin’s campaign a much-needed boost, having recently suffered a major setback after 10 principal officers, including a hitherto neutral Femi Gbajabiamila, released a statement to denounce the scandal.

A seemingly battered Mr. Jibrin, nonetheless, vowed to “continue this struggle, even if I’m alone”.

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