Dogara Fails to Honour Police Invitation,

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara, has shunned the invitation of the police Special
Investigating Panel over allegations of budget padding.
The snub according to investigations by Punch was
connected to the fact that the invitation letter was not
signed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The panel had in a letter to Dogara requested him and
others mentioned in the petition to appear before it last
The Speaker, however, did not honour the invitation.
Rather, he met with President Muhamadu Buhari over the
budget crisis on Friday.
While Dogara’s accuser and a former House Appropriation
Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, appeared before the panel
last week Friday and on Tuesday, Dogara and other
principal officers shunned it.
A committee chairman close to Dogara who spoke on
condition of anonymity told Punch that although an
invitation was sent to the Speaker last week by the police,
the document was “considered to be informal because it
was signed by a low-ranking officer.”
He said, “The Speaker is the number four citizen of this
“If you are sending a letter to him, there should be a
signature of the Inspector-General of Police on it.”

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