Suspended former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumuni Jibrin, is set to resume legislative activities as the House finally lifted his 180-day suspension.
This is consequent upon Jibrin’s letter of apology to the House for breach of privileges of members following his allegations of budget padding and infractions by the House.
LEADERSHIP recalls that following the recommendation of its committee on Ethics and Privileges, the House imposed a 180-legislative day suspension on Jibrin, following his allegations that the 2016 budget was padded. Jibrin who resigned his position as chairman of the committee on Appropriations, also fingered Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Sulaimon Lasun, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor and chief whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa of several infractions, including the padding of the 2016 budget by N40 billion and demanded their resignation as principal officers.
The committee which also recommended that Jibrin will not hold any position of leadership for the span of the 8th National Assembly, further demanded an apology to the House upon which it will lift the suspension.
The Nicholas Ossai-led committee was mandated to investigate Jibrin’s allegations after the chairman, Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Emmanuel Orker-Jev, cited breach of House’ privilege by Jibrin and proposed tough sanctions against him.
“The image of the House has never been worse than this before. Hon Jibrin was reckless and the allegations were false. He knew that the allegations were false and scandalous and he had no regards at all to whether the allegations were true or false,” he said.
The Kano lawmaker who began one of the biggest legislative scandals in Nigeria, on July 21, 2016 after his resignation as chairman, maintained that the allegations were true, adding that he would continue the fight against corruption regardless of the suspension.
“My resolve to champion this cause was borne out of patriotism and desire to complement the present administration’s anti-corruption war from the legislative front,”.
Jibrin further made public several documents to back up the allegations against the principal officers and visited law enforcement agencies, including the EFCC, the SSS and the police, where he said he submitted petitions containing evidence of fraudulent manipulation of budget by Dogara, and thirteen other lawmakers.
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