Fresh Revelations: Jibrin releases more documents exposing House of Reps budget fraud

House of Reps appropriation committee chairman, who was dropped last week, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has released more documents to show widespread fraudulent manipulation of the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, who was removed from his post last week, has accused the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers, of padding the budget with fake projects.

He just released fresh documents
showing how lawmakers applied for, or received approvals for the so-called constituency projects.

The latest documents, which Jibrin made available to PT on Tuesday, will further complicate issues for Speaker Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, and other lawmakers in the budget padding scandal.

The documents show how Lasun, who chaired the committee that approved the final House version of the budget, earmarked funds for “fictitious” projects to different lawmakers by embedding them in genuine projects proposed by the executive for ministries, departments and agencies.
In one of the documents, which Mr. Jibrin said was written by Mr. Lasun, the deputy speaker wrote that projects worth up to N594 million should be embedded in the Ministries of Agriculture, Labour and Trade and Investment as well as the National Boundary Commission for Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Deputy House Leader, Buba Jibrin.

Jibrin said the fraud runs into billions of naira.