2017 Budget: House Gives Police Marching Order

The House of Representatives has given the police 24 hours to return all documents relating to the 2017 appropriation bill allegedly carted away from the residence of a senator, Danjuma Goje, who heads the Senate committee on appropriations.

The House also condemned in strong terms, the invasion of Mr. Goje’s residence by security operatives on April 20.

This was due to a motion raised at the plenary by Abubakar Ahmad (Gombe-APC).

A special team of officers from the Force Headquarters, Abuja had on April 20 carried out a raid on the Asokoro residence of Mr. Goje, a former governor of Gombe State.

The police are yet to give an official reason for the raid.

While raising the motion, Mr. Ahmad said security agents destroyed doors, bags, ceilings and soakaways and took away documents including reports of the 2017 appropriation bill which was scheduled to be laid before both chambers of the National Assembly during the week.

The proposed budget was initially slated to be passed before the end of March 2017 but the Senate later gave a May 5 deadline for the passage.

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