Former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has called on Nigerians to disregard reports making the rounds that he owns an account with ING bank UK with a balance of £1.3m as he neither owns nor operates such account.
The call follows media publication wherein a group known as the National Youth Council of Nigeria claimed it had traced £1.558m (N825m) to a United Kingdom account allegedly owned by Abdulmumin Jibrin.
In a statement issued on Monday, the embattled lawmaker noted that the report was one of many propaganda used by speaker, Yakubu Dogara to discredit him as well as divert attention from the budget fraud allegations made against him and some principal officers of the House.
“My attention has been drawn to a widely circulated report in the media that I own an account with ING bank UK with Essex address and balance of £1.3m.
“The document is fake, I do not own such account or balance neither do I have anything what so ever to do with the said address at Essex.
“This blackmail is part of a wider propaganda arranged by the desperate Speaker Dogara through his Deputy Chief of Staff Hon CID Maduabum. “ he said
Jibrin also alleged that the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Hon. Cyril Maduabum out of desperation, employed and paid N20 million to Ifeanyi Okonkwo and Ikenga Ugochinyere of the Youth Council of Nigeria to blackmail him.