Senate President Bukola Saraki (L), House Speaker Yakubu Dogara (R)
Senate President Bukola Saraki (L), House Speaker Yakubu Dogara (R)

By Concise News Correspondents

A civil society organisation has demanded the immediate resignation of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over alleged involvement in a rent scam.

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The group, known as the Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), also demanded for the resignation of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun.

Its co-convener, Ibrahim Garba Wale, in a media briefing, threatened to mobilise Nigerians to occupy the National Assembly if the officials indicted failed to step aside.

The group accused the four principal legislators of abuse of office in a N630 million fraud through the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

It alleged that they did it under the guise of renting and renovating their official residences.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuf Olaniyonu, refuted the claim by the group.

Olaniyonu said: “There is no truth in the allegation. In fact, during the preparation of the budget, the Senate President and the Speaker directed the FCDA to remove the N10 billion voted for the construction of their official residence to save cost.

”The current leadership of the National Assembly will not be part of any illegal payment to anybody.”

In a similar vein, the Special Assistant on Media to Dogara, Turaki Hassan, dismissed the allegations, stating that the principal officers did not contravene the law.

“Presiding officers of the National Assembly are entitled to official accommodation which is provided by the FCDA as host of the National Assembly.

”The same is applicable to the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice of Nigeria because their offices were not covered by the monetisation policy.”