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|Budget Padding: Who Should Investigate The National Assembly? by adgorwell: 5:38pm On Aug 02, 2016|
As to whether the DSS has the power to investigate the issue, Femi Falana said: “Since the padding of the national budget is a straight forward case of economic crime which is not concerned with the internal security of the nation the SSS should not play into the soiled hands of the criminal suspects in the House of Representatives as they may later turn round to challenge the legal validity of any criminal charge arising from a faulty investigation report.” (The Punch, 31 July, 2016).
While we agree with the Human Right Activist that the question of budget padding is not a security issue so must not involve the DSS, we must be conscious of the key words “economic crime” which Falana used. Since the 1999 Constitution appear to be largely silent on who should “investigate” the National Assembly on matters of this nature not covered by “parliamentary immunity” and if we agree that budget padding is an “economic crime” can the agency responsible for prosecuting “economic crime” the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) then be invited to do its job?
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|Re: Budget Padding: Who Should Investigate The National Assembly? by greatgolis90: 6:33pm On Aug 02, 2016|
Padding is a legislative function, as they have been empowered by d constitution to appropriate the nations budget(passive padding). the clueful president should have ensured fair n accountable budget (money) appropriation (sharing) b4 assenting.
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