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Padded 2016 budget: EFCC beams searchlight on House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogaraara

By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA (Reuters) – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, according to a document seen by Reuters on Monday, part of a campaign against graft being waged by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations he illegally added figures to Nigeria’s 2016 budget after it was passed by parliament, according to a letter from the anti-corruptin watchdog dated June 9 and seen by Reuters.

A spokesman for Dogara did not respond to repeated calls for comment.

Buhari won the presidency on promises to combat Nigeria’s endemic corruption. But halfway through his four-year term, the results have been mixed, and one of his own senior advisors was suspended after a Senate investigation into embezzlement.

(Writing by Paul Carsten)

 

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