Budget Padding: Court Fixes Oct 21 For Jibrin’s Case

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Justice James Tsoho of Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed October 21 for hearing in a suit filed by Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, the embattled   former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives.

Hon. Jubrin is challenging his suspension from the House, The lawmaker from Kano State was on Wednesday suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days.

He was suspended while the suit which he filed earlier on August 9, 2016, seeking a court order to stop any plan by the lower legislative chamber to suspend him, was still pending before the court.

Jibrin was suspended over his campaign since July for the removal of the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House over allegation that they padded the 2016 budget with about N40bn.

The case was assigned to Justice Tsoho when the court resumed from vacation and the matter was fixed for mention.

Jibrin, through his lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abdulhamid, informed the judge that the House of Representatives had, by going ahead to suspend his client ‘overreached’ their boundries as his client had filed a motion before the court to seek an order restraining the House from carrying out the suspension.

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