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N481bn budget padding: Court orders trial of culpable lawmakers

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the immediate prosecution of the principal officers of the National Assembly indicted in the padding of the 2016 budget to the tune of N481bn.

The court, in a judgment on Monday by Justice Mohammed Idris, ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the anti-graft agencies which investigated the alleged budget padding to submit the report to him.

It ordered the President to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (Abubakar Malami (SAN) and/or appropriate anti-corruption agencies to, without delay, commence prosecution of indicted lawmakers.”

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